Available 24/7 312.436.0638
Illinois Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana

Illinois Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana

At the end of July, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed a law which decriminalizes 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 jail time, contact the Law Office of Steven Fine and schedule a free consultation today.