Illinois to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana

In Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner allegedly plans to sign a bill that would allow possession of small amounts of marijuana to be punishable by fines – not jail time.

According to Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat and chief sponsor of the bill, the Rauner administration is on board with the bill but wants to give the Illinois State Police a month to prepare for the new legislation. “Part of the review process is working with the Illinois State Police to ensure that the law can be implemented in the best interests of the public,” Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly told the Daily Herald. Not only will the bill turn the possession of ≤ 10 grams of marijuana into a civil offense instead of a criminal one, but would also change the marijuana related DUI standard.

While the proposal passed with support from both Democrats and Republicans, some members of local law enforcement are still skeptical on whether or not the changes would make current issues worse. The executive director of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, Greg Sullivan, is concerned that the bill doesn’t differentiate between adults and minors who are caught with marijuana. When talking about drug use by younger teenagers

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