US: Long lines mark marijuana legalization in Illinois
03 January 2020 | 7:26 am
Marijuana becomes legal in Illinois, the largest US midwestern state, as 2020 is rung in with shops opening at 6 am to support what is expected to be a record turnout for recreational cannabis. "I think this is groundbreaking," Jackie Ryan tells AFP after completing her first purchase at Sunnyside dispensary. "Finally, Illinois is following suit with other states and it's just really exciting."
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