See the presentation from our town halls below for more information
This year, State Senator Heather Steans and I plan to introduce a bill to legalize the sale of adult use cannabis in Illinois and create the necessary regulatory and taxation framework to do so. We are in the process of meeting with stakeholders and constituents to gather feedback on the legislation.
I have long believed that cannabis prohibition is bad public policy. Several years ago, I passed a decriminalization bill turning possession of small amounts of cannabis into a civil ticket rather than a criminal offense. The time has come to take the natural next step. For us, this is first and foremost an issue of social justice. The war on drugs has had a disproportionately negative effect on communities of color. We must face the scientific fact that cannabis is less harmful than a substance like alcohol, and treat it similarly.
All Illinoisans, especially those in communities most harmed by our outdated biases, should have the opportunity to start and work in businesses representing an entirely new and booming sector of our economy.
In the past few months, Senator Steans and I have been traveling around the state hosting town halls to answer questions and to receive feedback from Illinoisans of all walks of life. With the input from these town halls, we are in the process of revising a final draft of the bill. For more updates, sign up for our newsletter and click the icon below to get involved with the Safer Illinois campaign. We will be posting a Frequently Asked Questions page soon.
Find the two part demand study commissioned by Representative Cassidy and Senator Steans below.