The State of Illinois has become the 11th United States state legalise recreational marijuana after its Governor, Jay Robert Pritzker signed the regulatory bill legislators passed at the end of May.
Legal recreational marijuana sales will begin in Illinois in January, 2020.
The state becomes the first to legalise marijuana through a legislative process as other states have done that through voter referendums.
Illinois’s new law on marijuana will see adults, 21 and over, allowed to possess and buy cannabis.
Other states looking to replicate the bipartisan legalization bill Illinois was able to pass haven’t been as successful, leaving many wondering what state might become the 12th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana.
Chief Executive Officers from different companies gave their opinions on the matter with Curaleaf CEO Joe Lusardi and Cresco Labs CEO Charlie Bachtell saying New Jersey would be next to change state law.
“The electorate is going to go to the ballot box and continue to vote for cannabis laws. It’s going to get more popular every single month and I suspect we’ll have more medical states, more recreational states in 2020 and the pressure will mount on the federal government to address this issue,” he was quoted as saying.