Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passed in Illinois

The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, sending it to the governor for signature.
The bill, which passed in a 37 to 19 vote, makes possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana a civil law violation punishable by a $125 fine. Individuals will not face jail time.
The measure was approved by the Illinois House of Representatives in April. A spokeswoman for Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican, did not say whether he would sign it. Spokeswoman Catherine Kelly only said the governor will carefully consider any bills that cross his desk.
Under current Illinois law, possession of up to 2.5 grams of marijuana is punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to $1,500.



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