New IL marijuana law prompts strong opinions

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Tuesday marked history with five leaves and a pen. Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker made good on his promise to make Illinois a progressive state when he approved legalizing recreational marijuana. His signature made Illinois the 11th state to legalize the drug.

The state made history with this move but some are upset with the decision.

I think it will create more long term problems. I mean there are studies that show that marijuana does create problems. But our legislature has failed us as they have done in the past… They’re just looking for revenue to spend. They don’t know how to balance a budget today.”

Jasper county resident and manager at the county Farm Bureau Tony Trimble

Many other communities and their residents are torn on the situation. City officials in Paris Ill., stated that they haven’t even had a chance to discuss it as a city, or as a county yet. The City said they are in the dark until the Illinois government sends papers clarifying what they can do as far as expungement and sales go.

Mayor Smith agreed that although the law won’t really matter until 2020 there is a lot of paperwork that needs to be handled if anything is to happen on January 1st.

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