Companion Bills to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Illinois

Legislation to legalize cannabis fro everyone 21 and older has been filed in the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 316 was filed by Senator Heather Steans (D), and House Bill 2353 was filed by State Representative Kelly Cassidy. Senator Steans was the lead sponsor of a 2016 measure that has since decriminalized the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis in the state.

Both SB 316 and HB 2353 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. The proposals would legalize regulated and taxes system of cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers. All-in-all, the measures would legalize cannabis “in a manner similar to alcohol”.

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Cannabis

illinoisIllinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law today that removes criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of cannabis; the law takes effect immediately.

Under the new law – Senate Bill 2228 – the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis will be, at most, a $200 fine. Prior to the law taking effect, the possession of up to 2.5 grams of marijuana was a class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,500, and the possession of 2.5 to 10 grams was a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,500.

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Cannabis Decrim Bill Passed by Illinois Legislature, Sent to Governor

White-Berry-Marijuana-BudRoughly a month after Illinois’ Senate gave approval to legislation (Senate Bill 2228) that would decriminalize cannabis possession, the state’s House of Representatives has passed the same bill, sending it to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration. The vote in the Senate was 40 to 14, while the vote in the House was 64 to 50.

The proposal, introduced by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would remove the possibility of jail time and a criminal record for the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis; instead it would become a fine of no more than $200.

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Illinois’ Full Senate Approves Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis

jillyIllinois’ full Senate gave approval today to a bill that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for the possession of small amounts of cannabis. The vote was 40 to 14.

Senate Bill 2228, which was introduced by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would make the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis a civil violation punishable by a fine of no more than $200. Under current Illinois law, the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis is punishable by a misdemeanor and up to 6 months in jail (if it’s under 2.5 grams the penalty is up to 30 days in jail)

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