It seems so hard to believe that, after all these years and all the consternation and intractable arguments against recreational use of marijuana, it’s going to be legal here in Illinois soon. The state wants to set aside $8 million for the Department of Agriculture to regulate Illinois’ potential recreational marijuana industry, as state lawmakers work toward legalizing the still federally banned drug. The Agriculture Department is already responsible for the permitting and oversight of cannabis growers within the state’s medical marijuana program. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s 2020 budget proposal includes a provision for the $8 million in funding, which is more than double the amount the department would receive to continue its work on the medical side. Illinois rolled out its medical marijuana program less than four years ago, and it has grown to include more than 62,000 registered patients. Now, state lawmakers are
drafting a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana that they hope to get passed by May. Several studies have predicted huge demand growth if that occurs, and medical marijuana cultivators are increasing their grow capacity in preparation. Follow the money!
Ya know I think they’re really serious about this. Far Out Man!!