Illinois becomes the 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the 11th state to do so and the first to implement a comprehensive statewide cannabis marketplace designed by legislators.

Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged, a provision minority lawmakers and interest groups demanded.

WATCH: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signs NB1438, Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signs NB1438, Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act

HISTORICAL MOMENT: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signs NB1438, Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act, legalizing recreational possession, purchase and sale of marihuana by and to adults over the age of 21.Details: http://bit.ly/2ZJaZkE

Posted by CBS 42 on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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