News brief: New Illinois Bill on Marijuana Possession

by Mary C. Piemonte

Changing tactics in their efforts with the war on drugs in the State of Illinois that will also reduce the overcrowding jail and prison crisis, lawmakers introduced a fairly new bill that prescribes to the decriminalization for possession of small amounts of marijuana resulting in misdemeanors and fines instead of permanent criminal records and long-term incarcerations.

Currently individuals in possession of 10 grams or more marijuana is a felony.

But  under the revised SB 2228 that was introduced by Sen. Heather A. Steans on January 13, 2016, which amends the Cannabis Control Act, “if a person is convicted of 10grams or less of cannabis, the penalty for possession of any drug paraphernalia seized during the arrest for that offense shall be a civil law violation punishable by a minimum fine of $100 and a maximum fine of $200.”

Click here for The original Illinois Cannabis Control Act.


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