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Nature's Grace and Wellness

BREANNA DESCOUROUEZ

Adults in Illinois will be able to legally buy and use marijuana for non-medical purposes beginning January 1, 2020.  At that same time, communities will be allowed to charge a local option sales tax of up to 3% on marijuana products.

Tim O'Hern
Rich Egger

The O'Hern family in west central Illinois has long been involved in traditional farming. They grow corn, soybeans, and wheat, plus they raise cattle. In the last few years they have added another crop to their repertoire: medical marijuana.

Lawmakers see chance for green with recreational marijuana.

Marijuana legalization is getting another look in Illinois, particularly for the money it could bring the state. The state has overdue bills nearing $9 billion after a more than two-year budget stalemate, and some argue a little extra cash could go a long way.

Breanna Descourouez

Adam Colgan remembers the exact date he first tried snowboarding.  "January 22nd, 2011," he said, adding nothing about that day's fun in the snow seemed unusual at the time.