Voters support recreational marijuana use in Chicago

Lloyd Doyle
March 22, 2018

IL took one more step towards becoming the Midwest's first state to legalize recreational cannabis this week, as Prairie State voters made marijuana reform a key focus of Tuesday's statewide primary election.

With 97.8 percent of precincts reporting, 68 percent approved of the county legalizing recreational marijuana use for people 21 and older.

Unofficial results showed almost 260,000 people favored legalization, and 151,000 did not.

Over two-thirds of voters in the county, which includes Chicago, agreed to the legalization of recreational marijuana in the nonbinding referendum, according to the Chicago Tribune.

24/7 Wall St. reports "marijuana sales could add to state coffers an estimated $566 million in excise tax revenue per year and as much as $133 million in sales tax revenue annually". "I don't see a problem with it because I think it would make the economy better".

Evanston, Ill., Police Chief Richard Eddington said he opposes the idea - not because of any criminal aspect, but due to research that shows the drug may have a negative influence on IQ scores.

In addition to the incentive of extra revenue, the report puts IL on its likely-to-legalize list because the state has decriminalized small amounts of marijuana and also legalized it for certain medicinal applications.

"I care a lot about this and I'm against legalizing it".

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