Gov. JB Pritzker issued 9,219 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Thursday, New Year’s Eve, while announcing the Illinois State Police had expunged all eligible records at the state level for marijuana related arrests.
The McLean County Board on Tuesday narrowly struck down proposals that would have enabled the county to opt-out of allowing marijuana sales in unincorporated areas of the county or could have allowed county residents to weigh in through an advisory referendum.
Bloomington City Council members say they welcome marijuana dispensaries in their city when recreational pot becomes legal Jan. 1, but they aren’t ready to embrace so-called cannabis cafes, saying they require more study.
McLean County officials are starting to explore how welcoming they may be for recreational marijuana sales when they become legal next year, even though the odds are slim the county would get a dispensary in an unincorporated area.
State officials said Monday that Bloomington’s west side and neighborhoods around Illinois State University were among the hardest-hit by the war on drugs – and those living there should get a leg up when cannabis becomes legal next year.