At the end of July, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed a law which
possession of small amounts of marijuana. Illinois is now the 21st state to authorize more lenient marijuana laws in the United States.
According to the new law, which is effective immediately, possession of
10 grams of marijuana or less is now punishable by fines of $100 to $200
instead of time in jail. Also, it is mandatory for the courts to expunge
records of the civil violations each year.
Chicago has already joined over 100 Illinois local governments in removing
some criminal penalties involving lesser amounts of marijuana. But the
new law extends decriminalization to the entire state.
Under the previous state law, possession of up to 2.5 grams of marijuana
was a misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 30
days and a fine of up to $1,500. Possession of more than 2.5 grams could
result in a jail sentence of up to six months and a $1,500 fine.
The new law also addresses driving under the influence of marijuana, establishing
a scientific standard for the amount of THC (derived from marijuana) in
the bloodstream which would result in an arrest. Under the previous state
law, there was a zero tolerance policy.
Last year, Governor Rauner vetoed a bill to make possession of up to 15
grams of weed an offense punishable by citation, stating that it would
allow individuals to carry “too much pot” and that fines should
be more than $55 to $125.
If you have been arrested for possession of marijuana and currently facing
contact the Law Office of Steven Fine and schedule a
free consultation today.