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Manley to host talk about marijuana Sept. 17 in Romeoville

Legislators will discuss impact of new law

State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet
State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet

State Rep. Natalie Manley will host a colleague from the state Legislature next month to discuss and answer questions about the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Manley's colleague, state Rep. Bob Morgan, D-Deerfield, will present facts on legalization and what it means for the state, according to a flyer on her Facebook page.

The presentation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Romeoville Village Board Room, located at 1050 W. Romeo Road in Romeoville.

Morgan will cover topics like who can buy marijuana, licensing, public safety and the revenue the state expects will be generated.

The General Assembly passed the bill legalizing the use and possession of certain amounts of recreational marijuana during the spring legislative session.

Gov. JB Pritzker signed the bill earlier this summer. The law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The law also will make hundreds of thousands of criminal records, not connected to a violent crime, eligible for expungement or clemency, according to Pritzker's office.

The Illinois Department of Revenue projects the industry will generate more than $57 million in revenue and fees for fiscal 2020, with more in subsequent years.

An RSVP is required to attend. Those interested can call Manley's office at 815-725-2741 or email repmanley@gmail.com.

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