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NORMAL — A panel of experts will share their outlook on how Illinois' proposed legalization of recreational marijuana would affect the local area at a Normal event Tuesday.

Four experts are scheduled to discuss "Legalizing Marijuana" at a WGLT discussion, starting at 6 p.m. in the Circus Room at Illinois State University's Bone Student Center.

They are Johnson Law Group defense attorney Brendan Bukalski; Bloomington-Normal NAACP President Linda Foster; McLean County Chamber of Commerce Government and Public Affairs Director John Walsh; and ISU Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice Ralph Weisheit.

Further panelists may be announced, according to organizers.

The public is invited to submit questions for the panel at forms.illinoisstate.edu/forms/legalizing_marijuana_questions.

As proposed, the legislation would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. Illinois residents could possess up to about an ounce of marijuana, while non-residents could possess about half an ounce.

The measure also would automatically expunge some marijuana convictions.

If it passes, Illinois would join 10 other states, including neighboring Michigan, in legalizing recreational marijuana. 

Medical use of marijuana has been legal in Illinois since 2014.

Contact Derek Beigh at (309) 820-3234. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_beigh

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