Cook County voters say legalize marijuana in Illinois

 
 
Updated 3/20/2018 10:51 PM
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  • Cook County voters largely favored a nonbinding referendum Tuesday asking whether Illinois should legalize marijuana for recreational use.

    Cook County voters largely favored a nonbinding referendum Tuesday asking whether Illinois should legalize marijuana for recreational use. Associated Press file photo

Cook County voters largely favored a nonbinding referendum Tuesday asking whether Illinois should legalize marijuana for recreational use.

With ballots in 1,559 of 1,599 precincts counted, about 63 percent of county voters said "yes" to the question, which asked if the state should allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing and sale of marijuana and marijuana products to adults 21 and older. According to unofficial results, 259,899 people supported the concept and 150,943 people opposed it.

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle recently said legalizing and taxing marijuana would allow local governments to better fund social safety net programs, including rehabilitation for chronic drug users.

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