Illinois was the first state to pass a marijuana legalization measure via state legislature instead of through ballot initiative. Of course, the provision included the option of municipalities to “opt-out” of having recreational marijuana stores within their limits.
The prohibitionist groups cheer on and encourage communities to do so.
I’m going to make a wager that with all the communities banning sales, the traditional or “black” market will continue in Illinois for some time. There will probably be news articles 6-9 months after the first shops open that say how the black market continues.
Prohibitionist groups will use these to further say legalization has “failed” and that legalized marijuana has not lived up to the promises.
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