Illinois Governor-Elect JB Pritzker: ‘Let’s Legalize, Tax And Regulate Marijuana’

Last night, Michigan became the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational cannabis use, but it won’t be alone for long if Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker (D) gets his way. The new top lawmaker in the Prairie State has pledged to make marijuana reform a central part of his gubernatorial mandate. “We can begin by immediately removing one area of racial injustice in our criminal justice system,” then-candidate Pritzker said following his victory in the Illinois primary earlier this year. “Let’s legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.” That message essentially drew a major battle line between him and incumbent Bruce Rauner (R), who opposed recreational cannabis before and during the 2018 gubernatorial campaign. “I do not support legalizing marijuana,” Governor Rauner said last November. “I think that’s a mistake.

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