Pending Bills

Coalition for a Safer Illinois

Pending Bills

Learn more about what you can do to help regulate marijuana like alcohol in Illinois. Sign up, volunteer, or contact your legislators.

Cannabis prohibition hasn’t worked any better than alcohol prohibition did in the 1920s. House Bill 2353 and Senate Bill 316 would take a better approach, one that’s already working in other states.

Here is a snapshot of how a tax-and-regulate approach would work in Illinois: 

  • These bills would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and consume cannabis and establish a system to tax and regulate production and sales.
  • Adults could purchase up to one ounce of cannabis from a licensed store and could securely and discreetly grow up to five plants.
  • All cannabis sold would be taxed at the state’s sales tax of 6.25%, and wholesale transactions would be taxed at a rate of $50 per ounce. 
  • All cannabis controlled in the program would be tested for potency and to ensure it is free from pesticides or other contaminants. 
  • In addition to licensing and testing requirements, businesses would be subject to comprehensive rules governing security, background checks, packaging, recordkeeping, advertising, locations, signage, and many others. 
  • Local communities could restrict or even prohibit businesses from operating within their jurisdictions.
  • Regulation means hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue to the state. Under the bills, 30% would go to education, 10% would be spent on substance abuse treatment, 10% would be used for a public safety campaign on the risks of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis, and 50% would be allocated to the General Fund.

For more details about the bill, check out this handout.

The time is right for the Illinois General Assembly to re-examine marijuana prohibition and consider the potential benefits of a thoughtfully crafted regulatory system. Every senator and representative should hear from their constituents – have your lawmakers heard from you yet? Click here to send an email right now and make your voice heard!

 

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