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Republicans signing on to bills to legalize recreational marijuana

By Jake Griffin

Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use throughout the state is being revised to gain more bipartisan support in an effort to secure a veto-proof majority.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and state Sen. Heather Steans introduced the bills last year, but the Chicago Democrats are rewriting some aspects to make the legislation more attractive to Republican counterparts.

East Dundee Republican state Rep. Allen Skillicorn has endorsed Cassidy’s bill and signed on as a co-sponsor, arguing recreational use could be an economic boon for parts of the state that are suffering financially. State Sen. Jason Barickman, a Bloomington Republican, has co-sponsored Steans’ bill.

Read more at the Daily Herald

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