On Tuesday Illinois became the 11th state to allow “recreational reefer,” as the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“Illinois residents 21 and over will be able to buy marijuana at dispensaries as soon as Jan. 1,” the paper said.

“Change is hard, but an essential tenet of good governance is recognizing the need to change the laws that have failed,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

On Monday, Hawaii Gov. David Ige surprised many when he said he would not veto a bill that decriminalizes possession of three grams of pakalolo or less.

The Hawaii Legislature also considered this year but ultimately did not approve a bill to allow recreational use for adults.

But it seems only a matter of time.

Vox reports that 14 states have decriminalized the bud, not counting Hawaii. Here are some other factoids from Vox:

  • “A majority of Americans now support legal marijuana.”
  • “Thirty-three states and Washington, DC, allow marijuana for medical purposes, although their approaches can significantly differ.”
  • “Even as several states and Washington, DC, allow marijuana, the federal government still strictly prohibits pot.”
  • “Under the scheduling system, the federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, meaning it’s perceived to have no medical value and a high potential for abuse.”
  • “The classification puts marijuana in the same category as heroin and a more restrictive category than schedule 2 drugs like cocaine and meth.”
  • “Outside of the U.S., Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana in 2013. After Uruguay, Canada legalized marijuana in 2018.”

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