Illinois lawmakers see marijuana legalization as gateway to fiscal boost

3/27/17–Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing the move will help solve the state’s notorious budget crisis. The two Illinois state lawmakers who introduced the legislation say it would help fill Illinois’ multibillion-dollar budget hole with $350 to $700 million in new tax revenue. Read