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Illinois Official Who Pushed to Legalize Pot Leaves Post | Illinois News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former state senator who pushed to legalize marijuana in Illinois is leaving a high authorities submit to foyer for a company that was instrumental in hashish legalization within the state.

Toi Hutchinson, who grew to become senior adviser for hashish management to Gov. JB Pritzker in late 2019, stepped down from that job final week to change into president and CEO of the Marijuana Policy Project. The group, referred to as MPP, is working to legalize hashish in different states and on the federal degree.

Hutchinson, a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields, served within the state Senate from 2009 to 2019. She labored with MPP whereas within the Senate to approve laws that legalized the sale and possession of leisure hashish for adults. The regulation took impact in 2020.

Pritzker stated it’s “an immense honor for Illinois to have our own Toi Hutchinson leading the charge on a national scale, shaping the fight for cannabis justice not just in our state but in all 50 states,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

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“It’s long past time for a federal law to move away from arcane cannabis criminalization and imprisonment and toward a justice-based model,” Pritzker stated.

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