For several hours, a panel of experts answered your questions about legalized recreational marijuana in Illinois Friday.
Recreational cannabis will become legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020, and residents had plenty of questions ahead of the big day.
(Read the full chat here)
Take a look at their responses to some of the most-asked questions:
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tTHIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT OUR EXPERTS WORKING TO ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU'VE BEEN SENDING IN ABOUT MARIJUANA, AND WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN ILLINOIS BECOMES THE 11TH STATE TO MAKE IT LEGAL.
NOW OUR SERIES ON CANNABIS IN ILLINOIS.
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WE'RE LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY FROM MARIJUANA BECOMING LEGAL IN ILLINOIS.... AND THERE ARE STILL LOTS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT'S TO COME.
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SO TODAY, WE'VE ASSEMBLED A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED. OUR VIEWERS HAVE BEEN SENDING IN THEIR QUESTIONS AND OUR EXPERTS HAVE BEEN BUSY RESPONDING.
OUR PHIL ROGERS COVERS CANNABIS ISSUES FOR NBC-5, AND HE IS STANDING BY WITH OUR TEAM...
THE QUESTIONS ARE POURING IN. WE'VE GOTTEN OVER 200 SO FAR. ONE OF THE UNIQUE COMPONENTS TO ILLINOIS' CANNABIS LAW IS SOCIAL EQUITY.
THE GOVERNOR SIGNED LEGISLATION THAT WILL GIVE PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE WAR ON DRUGS, ACCESS TO GRANTS AND LOANS SO THEY CAN OWN AND OPERATE DISPENSARIES AND CULTIVATION CENTERS.
ANOTHER MAJOR PART, IS EXPUNGING CRIMINAL RECORDS OF CONVICTIONS FOR MARIJUANA UP TO 30 GRAMS.