Heather Steans, Who Sponsored Legislation That Succeeded In Decriminalizing The Possession Of Small Amounts Of Pot Last Year, Know Their New Pitch Could Be A Tough Sell.

“We’re talking about all sorts of ways of raising revenue,” Cassidy said, referring to state lawmakers’ efforts to break a two-year budget logjam. “We might as well be talking about this, too.” But she and fellow Chicago Democrat Sen. Heather Steans, who medical marijuana business sponsored legislation that succeeded in decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot last year, know their new pitch could be a tough sell. They plan to jumpstart conversations with lawmakers, interest groups and the public this spring but won’t move legislation forward in the current session. Key players such as the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police currently oppose the measure. Ed Wojcicki, the association’s director, called legalizing recreational pot “an enforcement nightmare.” He said existing science remains inconclusive about how to best identify impairment on the road and in other compromising situations. Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie, lead sponsor of the medical marijuana proposal, suggested the staggered timeline could help lawmakers gain a more complete picture of potential benefits and consequences especially as more data rolls in on Illinois’ pilot medical marijuana program, which launched in late 2015. “I do think this might be in Illinois’ future,” Lang said.

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