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Illinois Becomes 11th State To Legalize Marijuana, Gov. Pardons Thousands Of Convictions

On Wednesday, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize marijuana, just hours after Gov. J.B. Pritzker granted more than 11,000 pardons for people convicted of low-level marijuana convictions.

The new law allows Illinois residents may possess up to 30 grams of the dried flower, five grams of cannabis concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC in edibles, while non-state residents may possess only half as much.

“The war on cannabis has destroyed families. It has filled jails and prisons with nonviolent offenders. It has disproportionately affected black and brown communities,” Pritzker said at a press conference Tuesday.

Forty-three marijuana stores in Illinois have received permission to sell recreational cannabis.

Buyers must be 21 years of age and show a valid state ID or driver’s license.

Recreational cannabis is also fully legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Vermont.

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