Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker stated Wednesday he needs to transfer ahead together with his marketing campaign proposal to legalize leisure marijuana in Illinois.
When requested about producing income for the state, Pritzker first stated he needs to develop jobs by bringing corporations in and attracting extra small companies.
"And then add to that there are things like legalizing marijuana, something I think will be important to bring $700 million of revenue to the state, maybe as much as $1 billion," Pritzker stated, including, "We've got to do that with a regulatory system that keeps our people safe."
Before cruising to victory over incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner, Pritzker had stated a number of that he needed to legalize marijuana, which 10 states in the U.S. have already executed, together with most recently Michigan on Tuesday night time.
He stated in an NBC 5 questionnaire final month that he deliberate to "put in place a framework to license businesses to sell marijuana to consumers for recreational use, placing an emphasis on intentionally including black and brown entrepreneurs in the planning and licensing of new marijuana businesses."
When requested a few timeline on Wednesday, Pritzker didn't element specifics, saying that he needed to work from payments beforehand launched by state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy.
"We can work from that, but I want to make sure that we're looking at the regulatory systems of the other states that have legalized it," he continued. "One of the advantages that we have of not being the first state to do this is we can look at what's worked in other states. The state of Washington, for example, has one regulatory system that I think looks pretty good to me."
"I want to protect our citizens while we're also looking at creating jobs and expanding opportunity for people with the legalization of marijuana," Pritzker stated.
Steans and Cassidy stated in a Chicago Tribune op-ed final yr that based mostly on an evaluation of the laws they launched, the fiscal impression of marijuana gross sales in Illinois would vary from $350 million to $700 million.
A pilot program for using medical marijuana was legalized in Illinois in 2013, whereas possession of small quantities of marijuana was decriminalized statewide in 2016.
In a referendum query on ballots throughout Chicago in Tuesday's election, greater than 88 % of voters stated they supported appropriating revenue from the sale of marijuana - if it have been to be legalized - to improve funding for Chicago Public Schools and psychological well being providers.
That query was posed months afer the March main, in which 68 % of Cook County voters cast ballots in favor of legalizing the drug, although that referendum and the town's on Tuesday have been solely advisory and non-binding.
Unlike Pritzker's signature agenda merchandise, switching Illinois to a progressive revenue tax system, legalizing marijuana wouldn't require an modification to the Illinois Constitution, however could possibly be finished by way of the legislature - the place Democrats could have supermajorities in each chambers come January.