Kamala Harris praises Illinois for legalizing marijuana

Kamala Harris praises Illinois for legalizing marijuana
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday praised Illinois for legalizing recreational marijuana.

"Thankful states like Illinois are stepping up to correct the mistakes of our past," the White House hopeful tweeted. "It’s time to do the same at the federal level."

Signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) last week, the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act will legalize the drug's use at the beginning of next year.

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It will allow licensed growth, sales, possession and consumption of cannabis for adults 21 and over.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

The bill has been praised for including rules that will expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions from criminal records. 

Pritzker called the bill the most "equity-centric cannabis legalization in the nation."

Harris is a co-sponsor of the federal Marijuana Justice Act, introduced by fellow 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE (D-N.J.) last year.

The policy would require federal courts to expunge the records of Americans who have prior marijuana convictions related to use or possession.