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Medical Marijuana Michigan

This Sept. 11, 2018 photo shows a budding marijuana plant within weeks of the harvest at SLOgrown Genetics in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, California. Michigan voters have made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters passed a ballot measure Nov. 6, 2018 that will allow people 21 or older to use the drug. 

CHICAGO — A new study that state legislators commissioned has found legal recreational marijuana in Illinois could drive demand to far more than what licensed growers could supply.

The Chicago Tribune reports the study says demand could be as high as 550,000 pounds a year. Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago and Democratic state Rep. Kelly Cassidy of Chicago commissioned the report from a Colorado consulting firm. They are sponsoring legislation to legalize recreational marijuana.

Illinois already allows medical marijuana and has 16 licensed growers who say they can meet increased demand. The Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois has said adding more cultivators could lead to a glut and illegal diversion.

The study found current growers could only meet 35 to 54 percent of demand if recreational marijuana were legalized in Illinois.

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