With Pritzker win, pot legalization is now in legislators’ hands, but not all are on board

Advocates of legal marijuana in Illinois rejoiced when J.B. Pritzker was elected governor Tuesday — and they’re already saying residents could be smoking joints lawfully by the end of next year.

But for all that the pot lobby staked on Pritzker winning the key to the governor’s mansion, he can’t legalize recreational marijuana on his own. That requires an act of the Illinois legislature, and passage of such a bill is not assured because some state lawmakers, particularly Republicans and those from Downstate, remain opposed and are warning against rushing a measure through.

With Democrats expanding their control of both

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