Marijuana commercialization raises concerns for some in Illinois

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Recreational marijuana could soon be legal in Illinois, but some groups are not keen on that idea.

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Luke Niforatos is the senior policy advisor for the group called "Smart Approaches To Marijuana​." He says his biggest concern is that legalization would create a new and potentially dangerous industry, like alcohol or tobacco.

Niforatos says that commercializing it will attach more young ones to partake in weed.

"What we see now is a massive commercial industry come in to play that's making billions of dollars, and what they do is they have a totally new kind of product," said Niforatos. "The weed of yesteryears, the Woodstock days, was three to five percent potency. Now we're talking about candy, cookies and ice creams that are laced with higher potency, sometimes 99 percent."

Medical marijuana has been legal in the state for years and possession of less than 10 grams of weed is decriminalized in Illinois. Governor J.B. Pritzker is blazing a path to make pot a legal taxed industry