News brief: New Illinois Bill on Marijuana Possession

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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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