For newly elected lawmakers, being sworn into office presents an opportunity that comes with a stage and a microphone, giving representatives the chance to reassure voters their intent to follow through on campaign promises.
In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his inaugural address to highlight the importance of legalizing cannabis, stating “In the interests of keeping the public safe from harm, expanding true justice in our criminal justice system, and advancing economic inclusion, I will work with the legislature to legalize, tax and regulate the sale of recreational cannabis in Illinois.”
Pritzker has already received the vocal support of House Speaker M. Madigan, who endorsed the Governor’s plans to legalize an adult-use market in November, telling the AP he had “very friendly and productive” conversations with Pritzker following his victory.
If the state is to legalize an adult-use market, experts believe it could boost the economy by $1 billion annually, helping create more than 26,000 new jobs.
With a handful of key state representatives working tirelessly to end prohibition, and with the support of a newly elected governor, expect the state of Illinois to move sooner than later when it comes to the legalization of cannabis – and expect it in writing as it will be at the forefront of issues in upcoming legislative sessions.