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You Can't Be Arrested for Marijuana in Illinois [NEW LAW]

Illinois on Verge of Decriminalizing Mary-Jane...


Word around the street (Congress) is that Illinois May soon decriminalize marijuana:
Efforts toward legalizing marijuana in Illinois, where a medical marijuana pilot program was approved last year, could be on the verge of another big step forward.
A vote by the full state House of Representatives on a proposal that woulddecriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana could come soon, ABC Chicago reported Thursday.
The proposal -- which would mandate that the possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana be punishable only by a maximum $100 fine, rather than an arrest -- was already approved by the House Restorative Justice Committee by a vote of 5-to-2 in Springfield last month. The bill's co-chief sponsors are state Reps. Kelly Cassidy and La Shawn Ford, both Chicago Democrats.
The legislation would create a new class of offense called a "regulatory offense" for Illinoisans caught with 30 grams of marijuana or less. Once a ticketed individual pays their fine, the offense would be erased from their record in a move the Marijuana Policy Project argues would help them avoid losing employment, educational or housing opportunities.
“Illinoisans are tired of seeing their tax dollars and limited law enforcement resources wasted on arresting and prosecuting marijuana users,” Chris Lindsey, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “Lawmakers have a chance to do the right thing by listening to their constituents and supporting this sensible legislation.”
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