Illinois could be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana.
State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) told the RFD Radio Network that Illinois could legalize marijuana as early as 2019.
Ms. Cassidy said the legalization makes sense since polls show that two-thirds of the citizens in Illinois support the change.
“Fundamentally, at its most basic level, prohibition hasn’t worked,” she said. “We know from studies out of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), there are approximately 750,000 regular users of cannabis in Illinois, and that’s self-reported.”
With such numbers, she believes it is better for citizens to buy marijuana from legal sources instead of unregulated sellers.
The change could come as early as the beginning of 2019. Illinois has already legalized medical marijuana in place of opioids to relieve pain.
Doctors can prescribe marijuana “to a person who has received a physician certification for a medical condition that an opioid has been or could be prescribed for by a physician based on generally accepted standards of care.”
The new bill makes a few other changes to make it easier for citizens to get medical marijuana.
The application process is simpler and no longer requires background checks and fingerprints.
Patients will even be able to get provisional approval to buy marijuana when their applications are under process.