There’s a movement among some state lawmakers to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Illinois, but among metro-east legislators and candidates, there isn’t much support for the idea.
State lawmakers have held committee hearings discussing possible legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Currently, marijuana is only legal in Illinois for medical purposes.
Voters in the fall might even vote on an advisory referendum on whether Illinois should join the seven states and District of Columbia that have given the OK for recreational use.
Gubernatorial candidates from the two major parties are essentially divided along party lines on the issue, with the Democrats generally in favor of legalization and Republicans against.
Here’s where local legislators and people running for office stand on the issue:
State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea
“I think there’s more study that needs to go on, and with regard to the action recently taken by the federal government, we’ve got to see what the attorney general’s actions are going to be and the Trump administration’s reaction is going to be to states doing this on a state-by-state basis,” Hoffman said. “Until that plays out, what the federal government is going to do, I doubt we’ll do anything here in Illinois.”
State Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo
“After spending the last year researching this issue, I’ve decided to oppose