J.B. Pritzker on Drugs
Legal cannabis creates jobs, businesses, new tax revenue
We made enormous strides when Democrats and Republicans came together to legalize adult-use cannabis which will result in 63,000 new jobs, and new opportunities for entrepreneurs, especially those from communities that have been left behind.
It gives us a chance to collect tax revenue from the residents of Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa and Indiana, and most importantly, we're giving a second chance to hundreds of thousands of people who had a low level cannabis conviction or arrest.
Source: 2020 Illinois State of the State address
, Jan 29, 2020
Legal marijuana will raise revenue & create jobs
By legalizing and regulating adult-use cannabis, we will create jobs and bring in $170 million in licensing and other fees in fiscal year 2020. I don't view this issue through a purely financial lens. I think we should take this action for our state
because of the beneficial criminal and social justice implications and the jobs it will create. Like it or not, cannabis is readily available right now. I would rather tax it and regulate it than deny the reality of its use and accessibility.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Illinois legislature
, Feb 20, 2019
Legalize and tax marijuana
Asked about marijuana while speaking to a group of college Democrats in Bloomington, JB Pritzker received roaring applause to his one-sentence statement on the topic: "And I think we should legalize marijuana and tax it."
Chris Kennedy was asked by a
student: if it was legalized, what would his plan be for using the tax money? "I think you have high hopes," Kennedy quipped to laughter and applause, and then said, "I don't know whether it'll get legalized, I don't know if it'll get taxed.
I mean, I think betting our future that all of that occurs and that somehow that's gonna cure our budget problem. I think we need thoughtful, real, concrete [policy plans] that operate without relying on something that has, you know,
tenuous, possibilities. Sorry. I'll tell you the truth." The students were dead silent when he finished, so Kennedy decided to take one more question because, he said, "I can't go out on that one."
Source: CapitolFax.com on 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race
, May 1, 2017
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