Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) also discussed her current proposal, which would allow adults 21 and older to buy up to an ounce from licensed dispensaries and grow up to five plants indoors. The bill also allows local governments to restrict or prohibit use.

Under the proposal, revenue from taxes on recreational sales would be earmarked for law enforcement, public education campaigns, substance abuse treatment and other programs to help communities affected by the war on drugs.

“There are still a lot of details to be worked out, but one thing that I will be pushing for is community education about cannabis and its effects,” Bennett said. “We need to be able to educate the public about when it is safe and when it is not safe.”

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