Illinois: the 11th American state to legalize cannabis

On January 1, 2020, hundreds of people lined up to get legalized cannabis in Chicago.

The 11th State

Wednesday, January 1, 2020, theUS state of Illinois legalized the recreational use of cannabis for people over 21 years old. Thus, it became the 11th American state to make this decision, after California, Colorado or Massachusetts, reports Huffpost.

Hundreds of people crowded

Very early in the morning of January 1, hundreds of people crowded in front of the dispensaries of Chicago, the third largest city in the United States. On a video, the first enthusiasts were offered lighters and goodies bearing the image of the famous green flower.

people pardoned

In addition, the governor of the State, Jay Robert Pritzker, announced that more than 11,000 people have been pardoned. The latter were sentenced for minor offenses related to the cannabis use. In addition, he also welcomed “ending a 50-year war over cannabis“.

A step towards justice

In the aftermath, Cook County District Attorney Kim Foxx said one more step toward justice has been taken. However, “we continue to address the war on drugs and its disproportionate impact on people of color“, she formulated.

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