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Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Approved in Illinois General Assembly

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Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Approved in Illinois General Assembly

This week, the Illinois Legislature passed legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. SB 2228, which is linked below, is similar to legislation passed by the General Assembly last year that Governor Rauner ultimately issued an amendatory veto on. This version, however, incorporates several suggested changes that the Governor wanted. He signaled this week that he may be amenable to signing SB 2228 into law upon final review and confirmation of his requested amendatory veto changes.

Key changes incorporated into SB 2228 include imposing higher fines and lower possession amounts from last year's version of this legislation. These include fines set between $100 and $200 for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana and no associated jail time. Last year's version would have allowed for lesser fines for up to 15 grams of possession.

The new version also sets new driving under the influence standards. As of May 18th, the Legislature now has 30 days to officially transmit SB 2228 to Governor Rauner for consideration. He then has 60 days to take final action.

Click here to read the language to SB 2228.