Following the passage last week of legislation that if signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker would allow adults in the state to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for recreational use, WSPY spoke with a local state representative about the bill.
Republican 75th State Rep. David Welter of Morris, who's district covers portions of the WSPY listening area, spoke about why he decided to become a chief co-sponsor of the legislation.
Welter says that there were provisions of the original legislation from Democratic Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago that he, among others, disagreed with.
If signed by Gov. Pritzker this part of the legislation would still allow citizens in these communities to possess up to 30 grams, as it would be a state law.
Similar to a hookah or cigar lounge, local municipalities would also be able to decide through zoning if consumption of marijuana would be allowed in certain place.
Welter also spoke about how traffic stops and searches of vehicles that may contain more than 30 grams of marijuana will be affected.
Welter says that he believes that this legislation will help to cut down on the "illicit market" for marijuana in the state.