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Illinois Senate votes to OK fines for marijuana possession

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Illinois Senate votes to OK fines for marijuana possession

Illinois ( KTRS ) Legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has passed the Illinois Senate. Lawmakers voted 37-19 Thursday to make possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana a civil violation punishable by fines between $55 and a $125. Violators would not face jail time. It will be sent to Gov. […]

Illinois Senate votes to OK fines for marijuana possession

Illinois ( KTRS ) Legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has passed the Illinois Senate.

Lawmakers voted 37-19 Thursday to make possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana a civil violation punishable by fines between $55 and a $125. Violators would not face jail time.

It will be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk after a second bill passes to address concerns, including allowing court clerks to expunge records of those who were fined.

Marijuana advocacy and civil liberties groups see the effort as a step toward broader marijuana decriminalization. Some Republican lawmakers object to it for the same reason.

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