Illinois voters could soon be able to voice their say on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana.
Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey plans to announce Tuesday an effort to put the marijuana legalization question on the March ballot.
“Legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational marijuana in Illinois is long overdue,” Fritchey said in a statement. “Polls have shown that Cook County voters, who makes up 40 percent of the Illinois population, are very supportive of the idea. I want to voters to have a direct opportunity to have their voices heard as the debate on this issue in Springfield continues.”
Southern Illinois University’s Simon Poll found that 66 percent of voters believe marijuana should be legal if it’s taxed and regulated like alcohol. Seventy-four percent of state voters have said they support the decriminalization of marijuana.