CARBONDALE — Efforts to make Illinois the next state to legalize recreational marijuana have started taking shape in Springfield. The race for Illinois Governor could have a big impact on the plan’s making it into law.
Illinois already decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In a little less than a year and a half, it could become legal for recreational use.
Experts said whether or not it does become legal, has a lot to do with who wins the 2018 race for Governor.
“If it’s somebody who is in favor of the idea and would be less likely to veto it, then it’s got a much better chance in the Spring of 2019,” said political expert Jak Tichenor with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.
Tichenor said polls show 2/3 of Illinois voters, or 66 percent, are in favor of making it legal if it’s taxed and sold like alcohol. Democratic candidate for governor, J.B Pritzker, feels the same.
“We should legalize recreational marijuana in small amounts, and the reason for that is that its widely available already, let’s