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Gordon-Booth to host town hall on cannabis legalization

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) and two other Democratic legislators will host a town hall Tuesday on the "social justice aspects" of cannabis legalization.

Gordon-Booth and Reps. Kelly Cassidy and Marcus Evans will talk about proposed legislation to end cannabis prohibition in the state of Illinois at the Carver Community Center, 710 W. Percy Baker Jr. Ave. in Peoria from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Members of the community are invited to attend the free town hall event. 

"The drug war changed Illinois as we know it and this conversation is about more than just legalization - it's about justice," Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) said. "It's a critical time to be having this conversation with my community so their voices can be heard as a larger part of this conversation in Springfield. We are open to hearing from everyone."

"As a policy matter, cannabis legalization is often discussed in terms of dollars and cents," Cassidy, lead sponsor of the bill, said. "While tax revenue is important, we believe that legalization is first and foremost an issue of criminal and social justice reform."

The Illinois Senate recently also passed a bill to place an advisory referendum on cannabis legalization on the November ballot. That measure has not yet come up for a vote in the House. 

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