After the November election, talk of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois began to ramp up, as the new governor is a proponent. Tonight, Illinois Newsroom will be focusing on this timely topic for the latest in their News & Brews series: Legalize It? Weed in Illinois from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Riggs Brewery, 1901 S. High Cross Road.
From the Facebook event:
In the debate over whether to legalize weed in Illinois, there's a lot to consider. At our next News & Brews event on December 4th at Riggs Beer Company in Urbana, we're going to walk you through it: the politics, the money, the implications for health and criminal justice. Bring your thoughts, questions and opinions -- and join the conversation!
We'll provide a fact sheet to get everyone up to speed on recreational cannabis facts and research and a panel of reporters will share their deep knowledge of Illinois cannabis issues and answer your questions!
To help us shape the conversation, we would love to hear what you need to know about legalizing recreational weed in Illinois. Please text your questions to 1-217-394-5765 (standard text message rates apply.)
Here are some questions audience members have wondered so far:
-How can we make an informed decision when government restrictions present roadblocks to research?
-Is it true that legalization would result in financial benefits, like increased revenue and reduced prison costs?
-Where would taxes from weed sales go?
-Is Illinois likely to legalize recreational weed in the near future?
-If it becomes legal, will there be room for small businesses to cultivate recreational cannabis?
Should be an interesting one!