Will Illinois Decriminalize Marijuana Possession?


Marijuana decriminalization is getting a second chance in Illinois. According to the Chicago Sun Times, a bill has been submitted to the Illinois state legislature that would decriminalize the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana.

The state legislature had a previously passed a decriminalization bill, but the bill ultimately failed after Gov. Bruce Rauner used his amendatory veto powers to block the bill and called for tighter restrictions. The current bill, SB 2228, has been crafted to take into account many of the recommendations made by the governor.

In the original bill, fines for marijuana possession ranged from $55 to $125. But under SB 2228, fines range from $100 to $200. Similarly, the blood-THC limit in the original bill was 15 nanograms per milliliter but SB 2228 lowers it to five nanograms.

Speaking with the Quad City Times, bill sponsor Sen. Heather Stearns said that goal of the bill is to provide “more consistent and fair enforcement and prosecution of cannabis possession across the state.”

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