Town Hall meeting looks at legalizing recreational marijuana
State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth and other lawmakers held a town hall meeting Tuesday evening at the Carver Center in Peoria to educate the public on a proposed bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Those in favor of the move say it would create a safer product that could be regulated, in addition to providing a boost to our economy. Legislators at the meeting also talked about heavy penalization for marijuana possession and the difficulty for people with those types of non-violent crimes to gain employment again, especially in the health industry.
Many who attended the meeting said they were in favor of the proposed legislation.
"You know we wanted to open this up for individuals no matter where they fell on the issue whether they were for it or against it. I wanted my community to be able to speak to the individuals that are carrying this piece of legislation across the line," Representative Gordon-Booth shared.
The Illinois Senate recently 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.