I received the following message this week from the Coalition for a Safer Illinois:
Clearly, championing sensible marijuana policies is a winning strategy in Illinois. Election results show a decisive victory for Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker — who received an A+ in our voter guide — with 45% of the vote in a crowded field. Fellow A+ rated candidate Kwame Raoul also finished first in his race for the Democratic attorney general nomination. Rep. Kelly Cassidy, one of the lead sponsors of the legalization bill now under consideration, won with a fantastic 86% support. Congratulations to all three!
Meanwhile, 68% of Cook County voters approved a non-binding referendum on legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and older.
In other news, Gov. Bruce Rauner edged out his primary challenger, Jeanne Ives, with 51% support from Republican voters. Ives received an F in our voter guide, compared to Rauner’s score of D.
While Gov. Rauner signed a decriminalization bill and another that extended the medical cannabis program to 2020, he has repeatedly stated he opposes regulated marijuana access for adults. His position is in stark contrast to that of J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned on legalization and fully supports the bill put forth by Rep. Cassidy and Sen. Heather Steans. The general election in November could be a showdown with cannabis policy at the forefront.
This is an exciting time in Illinois. Stay tuned, and spread the word to your network!
Coalition for a Safer Illinois