Illinois House Approves Marijuana Decriminalization

The House of Representatives in the state of Illinois have approved a bill to decriminalize cannabis within the state. The bill will now head to Governor Bruce Rauner for his final approval.


The new bill will call for cannabis up to the amount of 10 grams to be decriminalized in the state of Illinois and instead, be issued a ticket within the range of $100-200. A higher fine will be issued to those driving under the influence. The law will also expunge civil marijuana possession records every six months.

Current Illinois law requires that anyone found in possession of any amount of cannabis can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. Penalties can be a maximum of six months in jail and up to $1,500 in fines. 

Gov. Rauner is known to have vetoed a similar bill previously, stating that it needed more restrictions.