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PBS Travel Host Urges Illinois to Legalize Cannabis

November 29, 2017
(Elaine Thompson/AP)
CHICAGO (AP) — Television travel guide Rick Steves has made a stop in Chicago to advocate for legalizing marijuana in Illinois.

Steves is the host of the program “Rick Steves’ Europe” and a proponent of legalizing recreational cannabis. He spoke Tuesday at a hearing called by Illinois legislators to consider the issue.


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Steves says “Marijuana is here to stay.” He says states can either build more prisons to lock up drug users or “figure out a better solution.”

Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy are the lead sponsors of a measure to tax and regulate adult-use cannabis. They say doing so could generate hundreds of millions in new revenue.

Not everyone was sold on the idea. Republican state Sen. Dan McConchie says legalization could lead to other problems.

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  • CLK1

    Steves is right, Illinois needs the Revenue this will provide, and can help them to Stop raising taxes every time they turn around, which then causes companies to leave the state. If they want to get a handle on their problems and turn the state issues around, this is the ONLY solution that will quickly help a state in BIG Trouble…

  • Joline Rivera

    Leafly…if you’re reporting all the news you may want to mention the first publication of its kind produced in Illinois, called Kitchen Toke, cooking with cannabis, was also present along with Colorado state Rep. Dan Pabon, and Rick Steves to testify. I know you publish food/recipes, but you’re missing a lot of the news by ignoring a publication that will make history for Illinois, that is the first quarterly publication about cooking with cannabis and the first women and minority owned ancillary magazine about cannabis produced in Illinois.

  • just me

    Legalize it. Don’t go crazy taxing it, and fix the problems pensions, put people back to work. Keep it out of politicians pockets.