As of January 1st, residence in Illinois can go cop legal bud- and the people from the house Twista are saying “Amen!”
With this move, Illinois becomes the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. And if you think that people were not jonesing for the ball to drop on New Year’s Eve, ushering in a new day a clear vision for 2020 (as we are not talking only for glaucoma patients), then you are bugging. The family could not wake to “wake and bake.” Dispensaries were open by 6 a.m. to started selling premium pot and hundreds of people flocked to cop.
According to CNN, not only were the lines off the hook with everyone from homeboys from down the street, grandmas from up the way and doctors, preachers, teachers… so was the Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton in line who took herself to Sunnyside Dispensary to get a 100-milligram of Mindy’s Edibles Glazed Clementine Orange Gummies.
In a statement released by Joe Caltabiano, the co-founder, and president of Cresco Labs who works with the brand, each gummy is 5 milligrams, a “very popular microdose for beginning edible consumers.”
“For too long, IL residents, particularly those that are black & brown, have been targeted and criminalized for #cannabis possession,” Stratton tweeted.
While the “get high” is cute there are some rules.
You have to be over 21 years old to purchase cannabis of any kind. There is no way legally around this. Also, if you are a resident of the state can only possess up to 30 grams of marijuana, five grams of cannabis concentrate and up to 500 milligrams of edible THC. If you are visiting, you can possess half these amounts.
This seems to put an end to the war on drugs that has far too often been a war on Black and brown people. The history of this is epic and intentional.
This is why Stratton has restorative justice on her mind. However, Alderman Robin Rue Simmons also has that on her mind, but in a more deliberate way. In her city of Evanston, Il, all of the monies that the city earns will go into an establishment of a reparations fund to support the dreams of Black residents unduly affected by the War on Drugs, which was crafted around race.
The Chicago Tribune reported that this fund will be the first of its kind in the nation. Evanston maintains that all of the tax revenue from marijuana sales should go into this fund, believing up to $10 million will be generated to help Black Illionisians job training, education, and other life empowerment skills.
In addition to Illinois, recreational adult use of marijuana is legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont.
More than 30 states allow marijuana to be sold for medical purposes.