At the end of last week, a Democrat MP, Carol Ammons, presented to the Illinois State Parliament a bill on the full legalization of recreational marijuana and its settlement within a specialized market system.
This document, called “Bill 902”, proposes to legalize access to recreational cannabis to every adult resident and guest of the state, as well as to organize licensed cannabis business in the region, engaged in the production, processing, transportation and sale of cannabis. In addition, the bill contains provisions allowing the cultivation of up to 24 cannabis bushes on the territory of private housing, for personal use. Also, citizens of the state will be able to keep up to 224 grams of cannabis, ready for use, on their own person. Finally, the document proposes to certify special zones for the social use of marijuana at various types of public institutions.
Speaking about the tax system of the market, Bill Ammons offers to remove 10% tax on the value sold in the shops of legal cannabis products, as well as the excise tax taken from plant producers, which is 10% of the market value of the produced plant lot. It is assumed that 30% of the amount of profits from taxes and excise taxes will be sent to the state educational fund; 50% will be deducted to the general reserve fund under the government of the region; 7.5% of the profit will be directed to the bonus to the pension savings of state employees under the state government; 2.5% will be given to the Illinois state police to fund retraining and familiarize its employees with the new rules regarding the regulation of legal cannunary.
Finally, Bill 902 also contains provisions aimed at eliminating possible social inequalities in the market. The bill proposes to reserve up to 51% of the market for the production of cannabis and a similarly sized market sales and processing segment for members of social groups and communities most affected by the strict criminalization of marijuana. In addition, in the state it is proposed to conduct a full and automatic amnesty for people who have been convicted of offenses and violations related to the storage and consumption of cannabis.
“In addition to carrying out the hemp reform itself, we should not ignore the social component of this bill,” notes Miss Ammons. “Removing convictions and engaging ethnic minority communities in the legal cannabis market will allow us not only to strengthen the state economy, but also to redistribute the profits from the reform among the residents of the communities that are currently in dire social and financial distress.”
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It is worth noting that at the moment, the state parliament also continues to consider another draft on legalization, sponsored by colleagues Miss Ammons, MP Kelly Cassidy and Senator Heather Stens, who was introduced to lawmakers late last year. Although Miss Cassidy and Stens are also representatives of the Democratic Party, their project, in general, includes far more restrictions on cannabis. In particular, this project restricts home plantations to only 5 cannabis bushes, and also strictly prohibits any form of use of the plant in public places. At the moment, the authors of the project are working on the inclusion in its text of several proposed Ammons provisions relating to various social programs and amnesty after the occurrence of legalization. According to the Chicago Tribune,
“We are currently negotiating with the state government and various interested groups of the population, with the goal of creating a bill that would suit all parties to the cannariform dialogue,” Miss Stens told reporters. “Of course, we are unlikely to have time to submit the full version of this project before the beginning of May.”
In addition, supporters of both legalization projects are going to finance campaign campaigns in defense of their preferred legalization system.
“There is a long and serious discussion ahead of us about the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed projects,” Ammons says. “In this situation, you can not rush, if we do not want to break the wood.”