Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use

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The governor of Illinois has made the state the 11th in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use.

   Gov. J.B. Pritzker held a legislation-signing ceremony Tuesday morning in Chicago. 

   The law would allow residents to purchase and possess up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana at a time. Nonresidents could have 15 grams. Up to five privately home-grown plants would be allowed for personal use, but only for patients approved for the existing medical marijuana program.

   Ten states and the District of Columbia allow recreational use. Legislation to legalize it in New York and New Jersey this spring fizzled. Discussions in Pennsylvania never got off the ground.

   Pritzker, a Democrat, campaigned on legalization.

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