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A group of Illinois prosecutors say a bill that would legalize possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use in Illinois has serious constitutional issues. Prosecutors with the Illinois State Attorneys Association say having lawmakers toss out pot-related convictions would be out of step with the law because lawmakers would issue pardons.
Under the Illinois Constitution, only the Governor can issue pardons. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker believes the legislation is still in the legal clear....
GOP State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington believes a mass pardon of all low-level marijuana convictions could eliminate the Constitutional issue.