Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker looking to move forward legalization of recreation marijuana

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Ill. (WAND) - Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker says he wants to move forwards with legalization of recreational marijuana.

In a recent interview about generating revenue for the state, Pritzker said he wants to grow jobs by bringing companies in and attracting more small businesses.

Legalizing recreational use has been a long-term goal of Pritzker's campaign. Illinois would be the eleventh state to make the drug legal for recreational use.

While there are no details on a time line of the process, Pritzker says he wants to work from bills previously introduced by State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy.

Pritzker said in part: "The good news is so many other states have already legalized recreational marijuana and we can look at how it's working in other states and pick the regulatory system and the features of it that will work for the state of Illinois. So that's the advantage of not having been first."

Democrats will have a super majority in both houses in Springfield come January, making it much more likely the recreational marijuana bill will pass. However, the issue of how the revenue generated will be divided stills remains on the table.

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