As of July 2016, Illinois has passed a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The new law now in effect, states that anyone caught with 10 grams of less of marijuana will be charged with a civil offense instead of a criminal one. The crime will be punishable with a fine of up to $200. Before this law was in effect, the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana was a criminal class B misdemeanor with a punishment of up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,500.
The new law also sets a standard for how much marijuana can be found on a person to be considered too impaired to drive. Previously, any trace amount of THC found could be considered too impaired to drive, but many marijuana advocates argued that THC could stay in the body for many weeks after consumption. With this new bill, drivers found with 5 nanograms of THC in their system within two hours of consumption could be cited for driving while under the influence.
In addition to legalizing small amounts of marijuana and setting up a limit for driving, the law also requires all municipalities to delete criminal citation records that were issued for marijuana possession over the last six months. Supporters of this bill argue that burdening individuals with criminal records for small amounts of marijuana only make it more difficult for them to gain traction in society as criminal records make it difficult for people to find housing and jobs.
Arrested for Marijuana Possession?
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