Push to legalize weed still on in Illinois to help solve budget problems

Marijuana enthusiast rolls joint to light up at 4:20 p.m. MDT to mark the 4/20 holiday on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Denver's Civic Center Park. The annual celebration of cannabis culture attracted users from across the intermountain West to Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

CHICAGO — A push to solve the state’s fiscal crisis by legalizing marijuana will continue in January when lawmakers return to Springfield for a new session, one of the lawmakers behind the effort said.

Two bills authored by state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both from Edgewater, were not brought to a vote before the end of the regular legislative session in June — by design, to give the lawmakers time to gather feedback on the measure, Steans said.

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The new version of the legislation is likely to be significantly different than the version introduced in March, Steans said.

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