Legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis has been approved with a 9 to 3 vote by the Illinois Senate Criminal Law Committee. The bill has already been approved 63 to 53 by the state’s House of Representatives.
The proposal – which is now up for a full Senate vote – would make it so that those caught possessing 15 grams of cannabis or less would no longer face the possibility of jail time or a criminal charge. Instead, they would face a ticket of no more than $125. Under current Illinois law, the possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor which can result in imprisonment for up to a year.