The Illinois Senate passed a recreational marijuana sales and taxation measure by a vote of 38-17 on Wednesday night.
The amended measure now goes to the state House for consideration.
Lawmakers must act before the legislative session ends Friday.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, set adult-use cannabis legalization as a priority, and the current measure is in large part a reflection of a plan he unveiled earlier this month.
If the measure is passed into law, Illinois would become the first state in the U.S. to legalize a commercial recreational marijuana program through its Legislature rather than via a ballot measure.
Vermont legalized adult use by legislative action, but that measure was limited to home grow, possession and use.
– Marijuana Business Daily and Associated Press