Illinois passes recreational marijuana law

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Over a quarter of the NFL teams now play in states with legal recreational marijuana.

And at the moment, it’s still illegal in the eyes of the NFL.

Via NBCChicago.com, the Illinois House on Friday passed a plan 66-47 which will legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Governor J.B. Pritzker has already said he would sign the bill.

Specifically, the law will allow Illinois residents 21 and older to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries.

That makes Illinois the 11th state to allow legal recreational marijuana, along with Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

That puts nine NFL teams within the jurisdiction of those states: The Rams, Chargers, 49ers, Raiders, Broncos, Patriots, Lions, Seahawks, and now the Bears. The Raiders are covered once they move to Las Vegas as well.

The league still tests for marijuana, though those who get caught are generally guilty of something other than smoking (i.e. stupidity, since the tests are easy to beat). With players including Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Chris Long talking about marijuana openly and honestly, the stigma is beginning to fade.

Whether the league takes away penalties for it with the next collective bargaining agreement or not, it’s clear that attitudes about the plant are changing, one state at a time.

34 responses to “Illinois passes recreational marijuana law

  1. So in Illinois, this means that about 5 people who weren’t using marijuana before, will now start doing it.
    What a joke this country has become.

  2. With players including Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Chris Long talking about marijuana openly and honestly, the stigma is beginning to fade.
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    While that is nice packaging I think it has more to do with no penny left unturned mentality we have in the US today. I’m happy to see the stigma go away. But I don’t think there is any nobility outside of profit that is leading the charge. I do think it’s safer than drinking. So it’s about time.

  3. My only concern is WHO is expected to bailout all of the potheads when they choose weed over a career and family?
    It should be made absolutely clear that taxpayers will NOT help any potheads.
    No government funds whatsoever should be used to assist out of control potheads.
    If you let weed ruin your life, your recovery is 100% on YOU!
    I don’t want potheads thinking that they can smoke all the weed that they want, then when they’re unemployed homeless that somehow they “didn’t think/know” that they could lose everything.

  4. nyneal says:
    May 31, 2019 at 4:06 pm
    So in Illinois, this means that about 5 people who weren’t using marijuana before, will now start doing it.
    What a joke this country has become

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    Another person who just simply doesn’t get it. You don’t start smoking because it was legal and you don’t not because it is illegal. This just allows people to have the freedom (you know what that is right) to get high. It is far less dangerous than people drinking beer after work but that is OK right?

  5. This country isn’t what I love anymore. Legalizing Marijauna is wrong on so many levels, this questions this society I live in and this country I live in.

  6. The State of Ohio won’t be in the first half of legal recreational states.

    The State of Ohio is too busy bailing out power companies.

  7. The next step is for the government to remove marijuana off the schedule 1 list, where it sits next to actual drugs like cocaine and heroin. Once it’s moved down to a schedule 2 or 3 list, banks can do business with dispensaries and billions in new tax revenue will roll in. After that, it will be much easier for other states to legalize it.

  8. dryzzt23 says:
    May 31, 2019 at 4:11 pm
    My only concern is WHO is expected to bailout all of the potheads when they choose weed over a career and family?
    It should be made absolutely clear that taxpayers will NOT help any potheads.
    No government funds whatsoever should be used to assist out of control potheads.
    If you let weed ruin your life, your recovery is 100% on YOU!
    I don’t want potheads thinking that they can smoke all the weed that they want, then when they’re unemployed homeless that somehow they “didn’t think/know” that they could lose everything.

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    You have it backwards. People that want marijuana can already get it. You will actually be saving tax money not arresting and imprisoning these people for a crime that harms no one else.

    I also don’t think you know how marijuana really affects people. There can be negative health affects to marijuana but it’s not like you describe. This isn’t meth.

    Bottom line, if alcohol and cigarettes are legal, there’s no valid reason for marijuana to be illegal. People should have personal freedom to make these choices. Driving while high is already illegal and should stay that way because you could hurt other people.

  9. I’m from illinois. Idc about weed one way or the other. But illinois is the most corrupt, pathetic state that you could live in. It’s ran by Chicago, and the rest of us in Illinois are stuck with their decisions. Our governor’s have their own wing in prison. Pritzker has already been involved with tax fraud. If it wasn’t for Chicago, Illinois would be a red state. Fact. Don’t come to Illinois, you’ll get taxed out the ying yang, too.

  10. darkneptune73 says:
    May 31, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    This country isn’t what I love anymore. Legalizing Marijauna is wrong on so many levels, this questions this society I live in and this country I live in.

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    No, making it criminal was wrong in the first place just like it was wrong to make prohibition of alcohol in the 20s. This is just correcting a mistake by the government. You only feel that way because the government has lead you to believe it.

  11. Some states figure they can make more off of it being illegal. Civil forfeiture, court fines & cost, lawyer & bail bond fees, probation fees, drug testing, imprisonment etc. The judicial industrial complex is real.

  12. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal government level, even in a state where marijuana is legal. What does that mean? You still can’t use marijuana on federal property – even in a state where marijuana use is legal. That would include: post office property, federal agency property, national parks, military bases, etc. That also means federal employees and military members still can not use marijuana at any time and in any place.

  13. The new CBA will be hard fought over and even harder to get finalized. However; The recreational or medicinal marijuana use should be one that both sides quickly agree should be removed from banned substances. It is not equivalent to PEDs or other illegal drug use.

  14. 66ray66 says:
    May 31, 2019 at 5:21 pm
    Marijuana is still illegal at the federal government level, even in a state where marijuana is legal. What does that mean? You still can’t use marijuana on federal property – even in a state where marijuana use is legal. That would include: post office property, federal agency property, national parks, military bases, etc. That also means federal employees and military members still can not use marijuana at any time and in any place.

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    None of those are my house or backyard.

  15. darkneptune73 says:
    May 31, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    This country isn’t what I love anymore. Legalizing Marijauna is wrong on so many levels, this questions this society I live in and this country I live in.

    ………………………….
    Move, nobody is making you live here. And while you are at it, have a couple of beers and a shot of whiskey to wash down the opiods that your doctor will prescribe to you after you have that surgery.

  16. dryzzt23 says:
    May 31, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    My only concern is WHO is expected to bailout all of the potheads when they choose weed over a career and family?
    It should be made absolutely clear that taxpayers will NOT help any potheads.
    No government funds whatsoever should be used to assist out of control potheads.
    If you let weed ruin your life, your recovery is 100% on YOU!
    I don’t want potheads thinking that they can smoke all the weed that they want, then when they’re unemployed homeless that somehow they “didn’t think/know” that they could lose everything.

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    Reefer Madness isn’t based on reality. Reality is there are highly successful people smoking weed every day.

  17. Every time somebody talks about the NFL dropping its restrictions on marijuana I’m reminded of one thing: the NFL enjoys an exemption from federal anti-trust laws. I would not be surprised if the NFL continues to hold its position until the federal laws change. And seeing how the laws involving hemp-derived CBD did change last year it’s just going to be a matter of time.

  18. chawk12thman says:
    May 31, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    The new CBA will be hard fought over and even harder to get finalized. However; The recreational or medicinal marijuana use should be one that both sides quickly agree should be removed from banned substances. It is not equivalent to PEDs or other illegal drug use.
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    Actually, I believe just the opposite and it will be quite the contentious issue.

    Oh, the league will be more than willing to ease THC testing, and I’m sure it’s already a forgone conclusion among the owners.
    Especially when you factor in societal norms changing on the subject, but it will come at a price.

    The league has a significant bargaining chip with this issue, and won’t let it go without obtaining their own concessions when negotiating the new CBA.

    Perhaps this single issue could be perceived as such a big win by the players association, it may grease the wheels to an easier agreement overall.

  19. nyneal says:

    So in Illinois, this means that about 5 people who weren’t using marijuana before, will now start doing it.
    What a joke this country has become.
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    No, it means 50 million people who didn’t smoke dope before because they didn’t want a drug charge on their record will now be inhaling dope into their lungs.

  20. 72% of the nfl players are Black-Americans/people of color/minorities

    Black Americans/people of color/minorities were 3.7 times more likely
    to be arrested than White Americans for marijuana possession in 2010.

  21. boiler72 says:
    May 31, 2019 at 4:19 pm
    This is probably the only good thing about living in Illinois.
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    Give them time, they will tax the hell out of it.

    Worst state in the entire US.

  22. Love how all the politicians drink their 30 year old scotch and have a couple of Cubans but I’m the bad guy if I eat a gummy bear while having a bbq and floating in my pool surrounded by family and friends!

  23. Memorial Day just passed and we honored our fallen soldiers who gave their lives for freedom. Then we take our flags down and some of us actually disrespect our fallen hero’s by joining in an outdated chorus that is anti-freedom. Our hero’s fought for freedom. That means you’re free to do whatever you want to do as long as you don’t hurt anyone. Your neighbor also has those same freedoms, even if they’re different than yours. If you’re not a freedom lover, throw your flag away. You’re a phony.

  24. Liberalsruineverything says:

    June 1, 2019 at 9:52 am

    The man bun sandal crowd sure seams happy. Now get in your Prius and go get a job
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    Ah yes, the highly educated. Nice spelling by the way…………..

  25. All of the states with fully legal marijuana are enjoying 25- to 40 percent fewer opiate overdoses and new addictions.

    The still-ballooning opiate statistics are concentrated in the remaining no-legal-use states.

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