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WIRE: Illinois Gov signs bill legalizing recreational cannabis

Elmhurst, Illinois — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signed The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (HB1438-SFA2) today, making Illinois the eleventh state to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult-use.

“Today, Illinois residents and political leaders demonstrated the power of democracy in action, using the political process to achieve sensible policies that protect individual freedoms and that ensure community safety,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “Governor Pritzker and legislators in Illinois have laid out a path forward for states like New York, New Jersey, and others to emulate in the national movement towards comprehensive marijuana law reform.”

Beginning January 1, 2020, Illinois residents who are 21 or older may legally possess up to 30 grams of cannabis, while those visiting from out-of-state may legally possess half that amount. Patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program will be legally permitted for the first time to personally cultivate up to five marijuana plants. Non-patients face civil fines of no more than $200 for growing personal use quantities of cannabis. Under current law, minor marijuana cultivation offenses are punishable by up to one-year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

The bill also facilitates the expedited expungement of low-level minor convictions, while also establishing a process to vacate more serious offenses.

Under the plan, licensed medical dispensaries will have the first opportunity to engage in adult-use marijuana sales. New applicants will be able to access low-interest loans in order to defray start-up costs.

Mark de Souza, CEO of Revolution Enterprises (a multi-state, Illinois-based cannabis operator), congratulated Governor Pritzker and legislative leaders for enacting the state’s landmark, adult-use cannabis law, which sweepingly reforms not only Illinois’s cannabis sector, but the industry’s social equity and economic development in communities statewide. De Souza joins the Governor and lawmakers in Chicago today for the signing ceremony.

“Governor Pritzker and our legislative leaders have recognized through this law that any opportunity to advance the legal cannabis industry must also address how the war on drugs continues to afflict communities,” de Souza said. “By removing thousands of cannabis misdemeanors and producing thousands of jobs across the state, they have done an extraordinary service to jumpstart communities across Illinois.”

The historic legislation became law through the efforts of Governor Pritzker, Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell, and a bipartisan group of state legislators, including State Senator Heather Steans and State Representatives Kelly Cassidy, Sonya Harper, Toi Hutchinson, Jehan Gordon-Booth, Jason Barickman, and Bob Morgan. Illinois is the eleventh state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to legalize cannabis for adult use, and the first to implement a regulated marketplace via the state legislature rather than a ballot initiative.

As CEO of Revolution, de Souza served on Governor Pritzker’s transition team to advise on matters related to agriculture, the state’s largest industry. De Souza called special attention to the legislation’s social equity components, which include expunging certain criminal misdemeanors from individuals’ records. A mission-driven company, Revolution and its executives, including de Souza and Justin Staples (President of Revolution’s Illinois Retail Division and a former NFL player for the Tennessee Titans), are committed to supporting social equity efforts, including through helping minority entrepreneurs, operators and investors to participate in the industry.

Revolution operates a dispensary in Mount Prospect, Illinois and will bring a second site online after the recreational marketplace opens. Additionally, the company houses its state-of-the-art cannabis-cultivation facility in Delavan, Illinois, and will continue to expand its growing capacity and line of health-and-wellness, consumer-packaged goods across a wide swath of products as the sector braces for the recreational marketplace to open on January 1, 2020.

About Revolution Enterprises

Based in Illinois, Revolution Enterprises is an industry-leading, multi-state operator that is revolutionizing the way legal cannabis is grown, sold, packaged, and consumed. Focusing on health and wellness solutions, Revolution uses a best-in-class cultivation process, informed by genetic research, to produce superior cannabis medicine and a wide variety of cannabis-driven consumer packaged goods, from food and beverages to topicals and pet products.

For more visit: http://www.revolutionenterprises.org

 

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