See the Governor’s Cannabis Summary (05/04/19) below for more information regarding the details of Senate Bill 7:
Over the past two years, State Senator Heather Steans and I have traveled the State hosting a variety of town halls in fellow legislators districts and had over 100 meetings with stakeholders including industry members, community organizations, activist groups, and individuals. This year, Senator Steans and I introduced Senate Bill 7 to legalize the sale of adult use cannabis to those 21 and older in Illinois. This includes providing cannabis users with access to a legal market, the expungement of cannabis stand alone non violent offenses , and creating the necessary regulatory and taxation framework to do so.
I have long believed that cannabis prohibition is bad public policy. We must face the scientific fact that cannabis is less harmful than a substance like alcohol, and treat it similarly. 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.
All Illinoisans, especially those in communities most harmed by our outdated biases, should have the opportunity to start and work in businesses representing an entirely new and booming sector of our economy. Specifically, SB7 will give cannabis users access to the legal market and will provide capital investment grants to those who previously worked in the illicit market and are willing and able to bring their skills and knowledge of the product to a regulated, legal market. Our hope in its passage, is that revenue from this policy change will first go back to the communities that were disproportionately impacted by its prohibition due to over policing.
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Find the details of the original bill as it has been introduced in the Governor’s Cannabis Summary (updated as of May 4, 2019) in the document at the bottom of the page. As commissioned by Representative Cassidy and Senator Steans, links to a two-part analysis on the effects of legalization of adult-use cannabis in Illinois can be found directly below. Part One outlines estimates of demand and of tax revenue post-legalization. Part Two presents an analysis of the impact of the proposed policy on initial supply.