By Bill Lukitsch
Illinois voters could get a say whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana if lawmakers decide to put the question on November ballots.
A state Senate committee advanced the idea on Wednesday, but a ballot question would be non-binding. That means it would work like a statewide public opinion poll and wouldn’t legalize marijuana even if a majority of voters approve. Lawmakers who want to legalize the drug could get a political boost, though, if voters favor it.
State Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, said putting the matter to a vote would “bring the public into the debate” and “give them an opportunity to register their opinion” as lawmakers debate the idea in Springfield.
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