Illinois House Committee Unanimously Approves Cannabis Decriminalization Measures

The Illinois House Restorative Justice Committee has given unanimous approval to two separate measures aimed at decriminalizing cannabis possessionillinois, one of which would also decriminalize cannabis cultivation and distribution.

House Bill 4299 would make the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis a simply $100 ticket, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor as it currently stands. In addition, the measure would remove criminal penalties – also making it an $100 ticket – for manufacturing or delivering up to 10 grams of cannabis, and for possessing up to 5 cannabis plants. It would also reduce the charge from a felony, to a misdemeanor, for the possession of between 5 and 20 plants, or between 30 to 500 grams.

Under House Bill 5708, the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis would be decriminalized, reduced to an $100 ticket, as with House Bill 4299. Unlike that bill, House Bill 5708 would have no effect on penalties regarding manufacturing or delivering cannabis.

“The war on drugs has not worked,” says Representative Christian Mitchell, one of the sponsors of House Bill 4299. “Our jails are overcrowded. We need to get smarter on crime, not tougher. Drug addiction is a public health problem, not a public safety problem.”

Both measures now move towards a full House vote.


About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


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  1. rg

    hell yah legalize it an develope the pot seed bb gun so you can plant it on yer red neck nieghbors lawns peace out

  2. Anonymous

    Would it still be illegal to mail less than 30gm within the state?

  3. Janet Evans

    420. BORN. FREE. ColorAdo. Or bust. Mass caravan to exercise your medical and recreational rights

  4. Janet Evans

    I am calling for Mass Exodus to Colorado or Washington state for 4/20 which falls on Easter Holiday. Caravans or single vehicles. GO to the place of FREEDOM on 4/20!!!!!

    1. Janet Evans

      Mass Exodus to boulder!!! 4/20 2014. The first year of FREEDOM

  5. chulettas

    Legalize it all over the good ole usa@

  6. Jeremy prescher

    Thank u Christian Mitchell for supporting the truth and helping good people. We r not criminals or dangerous to the public.

  7. Amory Roberson

    It should be legal anyway.Look at all of the money Colorado is making on it .Illinois claims to be broke and that would bring in about $40 million a year in taxes.It would create lots of new jobs and I can stop worrying about a piss test and go back to smoking! !!! Id be a budtender and stop being breaking my body down laboring! !!!!!

    1. dybbuk

      Employers will still be able to piss test all they want, unfortunately. Illinois is an At Will Employment state, unfortunately.

  8. Anonymous

    Vote To Legalize Marijuana

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