WATCH: Chicagoans strongly favor marijuana legalization

Emily Gray Brosious

June 2, 2017

What Chicagoans think of legalizing marijuana in IllinoisCustomers shop for marijuana at Top Shelf Cannabis, a retail marijuana store, on July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Washington. Top Shelf Cannabis was the first retail marijuana store to open today in Washington state, nearly a year and a half after the state’s voters chose to legalize marijuana. (Photo credit: David Ryder/Getty Images)

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Chicago residents and commuters overwhelmingly support legalizing cannabis.

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Illinois Sen. Heather Steans (D) and Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D) recently introduced measures to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis for adults 21 and older in the state.

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug despite federal prohibition. Illinois is one of multiple states currently pushing for similar state-level legalization .

Approximately 66 percent of Illinois residents support legalizing cannabis for adult use, while 31 percent oppose the move, according to a poll released March 27, 2017, by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Support is even stronger in the city of Chicago, where 74 percent of registered voters favor legalization.

Extract hit the streets of Chicago to ask city residents and commuters about their positions on the issue. Everyone who spoke with Extract said they favor legalizing cannabis in the state, and many pointed to economic and criminal justice implications of doing so.

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WATCH: Chicagoans strongly favor marijuana legalization

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Video shot and edited by Emily Gray Brosious
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Photo credits:
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