House Passes Bill to Punish Marijuana Possession With Fine - NBC Chicago

House Passes Bill to Punish Marijuana Possession With Fine

Supporters of the bill call the victory a move towards decriminalizing marijuana possession

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    House Passes Bill to Punish Marijuana Possession With Fine
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    The Illinois House has passed legislation that would make possessing small amounts of marijuana subject to a ticket instead of a criminal charge across the state.

    Those possessing 15 grams or less of marijuana would receive a maximum fine of $125 and avoid arrest under the measure.

    Rep. Kelly Cassidy says her legislation creates a uniform way to treat marijuana possession and would prevent racial disparity in arrests. The Chicago Democrat says police in more than 100 Illinois communities can currently either write a ticket under a local ordinance or arrest a person for possession.

    Supporters call the measure a step toward decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

    The measure passed by a 62-53 vote. It now moves to the Senate.

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