Legislation to legalize the possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis has been filed in the Illinois Senate, and a measure to decriminalize cannabis possession has been filed in the state’s House.
House Bill 218, filed by Representative Kelly Cassidy, would make the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis a $100 ticket with no possibility of arrest or imprisonment. The proposal would also change the penalty for possession of over 30 grams, but under 500, making it a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
Senate Bill 753, filed by Senator Michael Noland, would legalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis, as well as the personal cultivation of up to five cannabis for plants. Senator Noland’s proposal doesn’t authorize cannabis retail outlets.
Both proposals would apply only to those 21 and older.
House Bill 218 has been assigned to the House Restorative Justice Committee, and Senate Bill 753 is currently in the Senate Assignments Committee.