COOK COUNTY, IL – Voters in Cook County were asked on Election Day and during early voting whether the state of Illinois should legalize the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana for recreational purposes in the 2018 primary election. The referendum, which is advisory only, was placed on the ballot by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in late 2017.
Stated as “Shall the state of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?” on both Democratic and Republican ballots, the results of the vote will only advise lawmakers on whether or not to move in a direction to legalize. Votes in favor of marijuana today will not results in an impending legalization.
Recreational marijuana is already legal in a handful of states. The drug is legally used for medicinal purposes in several more, including Illinois.
Follow here as we update vote percentages as soon as they come in after the polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
SHALL THE STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGALIZE MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL USE?
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