Illinois lawmakers see marijuana legalization as gateway to fiscal boost

by Associated Press | FOXNews.com  |  published on March 27, 2017

1490586980737SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing the move will help solve the state’s notorious budget crisis.

Two Illinois state lawmakers introduced legislation last week that would allow residents 21 and older to possess, grow or buy up to an ounce of marijuana and license businesses to sell marijuana products subject to regulation. They say it would help fill Illinois’ multibillion-dollar budget hole with $350 to $700 million in new tax revenue.

A national advocacy group, the Marijuana Policy Project, based the estimate on the proposal’s $50-per-ounce wholesale tax, Illinois’ standard sales tax, federal marijuana consumption data and recreational pot prices in Colorado. The proposal earmarks 50 percent of wholesale revenues for the state’s general fund and divides the remaining half 30/20 between education and public health.

  • Mark

    It would be interesting to know the personal motivations behind these “Lawmakers” decision to promote more recreational drugs in a city that can ill afford what they already have.

  • Walter Flatt

    I WONDER HOW MANY MORE MURDERS THEY WANT IN CHICAGO.

    YOU AND THIS GOVERNMENT HAD BETTER WORRY ABOUT THE MUSLIMS HERE AT HOME.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212, WAS PASSED IN 1952 THAT BANS ALL PEOPLE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTY, AND MUSLIMS QUALIF TO BE DEPORTED. READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA HAS SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? READ THEIR BIBLE, THE QURAN.

    IF NOT,

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VIRGINA, CLOSE TO DC.

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY ALLOW IN EXCESS OF 36 MUSLIM CAMPS. (PERHAPS HUNDREDS)

    (BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE? SOME STATE HAS MORE THAN ONE. BUILT AND SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX MONEY.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY, WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

    • Retired

      Democrats do not know how to cut back is the real problem . Ill is losing jobs faster than any other state plus Chicago has lost many thousands of residents and no one is moving in ,

  • randy jackson

    After reading the title I thought “this must be demonRAT lawmakers.
    Further research proved this assumption to be accurate.
    Wonder if they have a financial stake in Maryjane?

    • Walter Flatt

      BET ON IT.

      • randy jackson

        ba$tard$—I detest politicians

    • Retired

      Ill. has already established farms , so you are probably right .

  • Humble Servant

    Are you kidding me. You want to use the people with addictive personalities to fund some junk programs you think is better for who? The people you are going to get addicted to this crap will become the next problem you will need to fix. Stop trying to get more money and use what you have smarter. Who ever said politicians needed to be smarter then the public they serve. Wake up and do the Christian thing or resign your post.

    • David Wheelock

      screw you that means I wont have to drive far

      • Rodney Steward

        Well Mr. Wheelock, have you done your homework on this Mary-J scam! Anyone involved in these programs LOSE their 2nd amendment rights, that was the plan put in place by the Obama clan, he tried everything to get our guns and this was the fine print on this game!

        • Walter Flatt

          RIGHT ON RODNEY

        • Retired

          He is probable a Obama Cool aid drinker .

          • Rodney Steward

            And Kool-Aid drinker for the cotton mouth!! 🙂

    • David Wheelock

      you are a fking ass wipe

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    • Retired

      Insurance pays very little towards treatment for people who are addicted no matter what the cause .

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