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Overall, the 2018 Election has proven to be quite an interesting turning point in the great marijuana debate across the United States of America. Now, Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker has announced his plans to legalize recreational marijuana early into his upcoming term. Recently, the Democrat defeated Republican candidate Bruce Rauner (by 15 points) and had made a strong case for cannabis. Overall, Pritzker has proclaimed that legalization would provide beneficial revenue ($700 million, specifically) to the State of Illinois and would address social injustices related to drug enforcement. Likewise, in a recent television conference, the governor-elect also announced that a recreational market would also open the floodgates for career opportunities.  Let’s take a look at what else Pritzker had to say.

Call for Legislative Action

In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Pritzker announced that he would begin working on a legislation bill for marijuana. According to the governor-elect, the Illinois Legislature will ultimately decide dates for public hearings on the matter, but he has plans to start conversations about this subject with Republicans and Democrats in the House.

Besides legalization, Pritzker also wants to address the possibility of expunging criminal records of previous marijuana offenders. As a second priority, he wants to reassess the criminal justice system and release individuals who will soon be sitting in prison for an activity that (at some point) will be fully legal. Interestingly, he has received support from Juliana Stratton (Lieutenant Governor-elect of Illinois).

Joint Partner (No Pun Intended)

In the race to legalize marijuana, the State of Illinois will not be alone, at least if recent political reports are accurate. After being elected into her second term, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced her plans to legalize recreational weed in our nation’s capital next year, at the crux of her new term. However, while D.C. introduced regulations for legal possession, sale, and use of the drug, some lawmakers prohibited city leaders from contributing money to this process. Besides allowing people to use the drug, Mayor Bowser points out, the D.C. system needs to regulate and distribute it.

Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.