Marijuana vote could come soon

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — New details on the plan to legalize marijuana could emerge as soon as Wednesday. Several members of the Legislative Black Caucus said they could vote yes,  but only if several conditions are met first. 

A report in the Chicago Sun Times says the new plan would expunge misdemeanor pot convictions. It would also let people with convictions work in the marijuana industry and would set new goals for diversity in marijuana companies. 

Urbana Democrat Carol Ammons said that’s a good start, but she wants to see more. 

“All of these things are really important, and they are tied to that,” said Ammons. “But we also want to make sure that there is some community reinvestment from the tax revenue that comes off of this, right? So we don’t want you just taking money out of the community. We want you to reinvest those dollars back into those hardest hit communities.”

Ammons said introducing legal recreational marijuana could open up a new fight in the state budget process as different groups angle for a cut of the tax money. 

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