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State Rep. Allen Skillicorn a co-host in bipartisan marijuana discussion

A town hall discussion regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana is being co-sponsored by state Reps. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, and Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Stage Left Cafe, 125 W. Van Buren St. in Woodstock.

The public event will provide information on what legislation is being proposed in Springfield to legalize marijuana. All viewpoints on the issue will be welcome, according to a news release.

“The prospect of cannabis legalization is a loaded topic for people on all sides of the issue,” Skillicorn said in the release. “That’s exactly what this town hall is about. To have an open and honest discussion that welcomes all viewpoints and provide information about the proposals being discussed in Springfield.”

Skillicorn said this is the first town hall meeting he has held on this subject, and if the demand is there, he is happy to hold more.

The prospect of legalizing recreational marijuana was a staple of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s campaign. In his budget address, Pritzker said by legalizing and regulating adult-use cannabis this legislative session, the state will create jobs and bring in $170 million in licensing and other fees in fiscal 2020.

As of now, a total of 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized weed for persons older than the age of 21.

For information on the event, call 815-893-4884.

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