According to national polls — including Pew, Gallup, and CNN — more than 60% of Americans support legalizing marijuana for adults’ use. Eleven states and Washington, D.C. have legalized marijuana for individuals over 21, and 10 of the states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington — have approved taking cannabis production and sales off the criminal market and regulating and taxing them.
MPP played a leading role in the campaigns to enact eight of the 11 legalization laws, including the most recent one, which was signed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on June 25, 2019. Illinois’ Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act includes the most far-reaching social equity and criminal justice reform provisions ever included in a legalization bill. It will expunge as many as 770,000 cannabis convictions, while providing funding for communities hard hit by prohibition and disinvestment. It also provides funding and other measures to ensure those who have been harmed by cannabis prohibition are represented in the industry.