How the Legalization Debate is Playing Out Across the US

Illinois, like many states, is grappling with whether or not to legalize recreational cannabis.

How would legalization affect those already in the criminal justice system – and how would law enforcement keep the public safe?

Those questions are also being asked in New Jersey, where the issue of criminal justice is a key part of the conversation around legalizing pot.

“Chicago Tonight” is one of five local PBS news programs examining how the debate over legalization is playing out in communities across the U.S.

In the first report in the series, Brenda Flanagan of PBS member station NJTV News reports on how racial disparities impact the discussion in New Jersey.

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