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Safer Illinois is a coalition that supports replacing the harmful and ineffective prohibition of marijuana with sensible regulations and taxation. Join the coalition in reforming Illinois' marijuana policies by taking action, learning more, or making a contribution to our efforts.
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Illinoisans of all ages, political party affiliations and regions of the state favor legalizing marijuana and regulating and taxing it like alcohol, as provided in legislation proposed by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy on March 22.
Lawmakers are proposing to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois but say the legislation probably won't come up for a vote until next year.
Hear what the bill sponsors are saying about regulating marijuana in Illinois
"Marijuana prohibition is a quagmire that creates far more problems than it prevents. Regulating marijuana and removing the criminal element from marijuana production and sales will make our communities safer."
"Right now, all the money being spent on marijuana is going into the pockets of criminals and cartels. In a regulated system, the money would go into the cash registers of licensed, taxpaying businesses. Prohibition is a financial hole in the ground, and we should stop throwing taxpayer dollars into it."