Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise by signing legislation this Tuesday morning.
Illinois has become the 11th state to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities.
Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged.
Residents may purchase and possess up to 1 ounce (30 grams) of marijuana at a time. Non-residents may have 15 grams. The law provides for cannabis purchases by adults 21 and older at approved dispensaries, which, after they’re licensed and established, may start selling Jan. 1.