Dope Game Changes
- Possession of small amounts of marijuana is now a civil offense across Illinois, punishable only by fines — not jail time.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation decriminalizing small amounts of pot on Friday, after vetoing a bill last year that sought to allow slightly larger amounts.
Chicago has already joined more than 100 Illinois local governments in removing some criminal penalties for people caught with lesser amounts of marijuana. But the new law extends decriminalization to the entire state.
Ten grams of less is now statewide. Not only that, but the Courts are required to expunge the civil violations at the end of each year, so everyone gets a "do-over." And DUI writers aren't exempt either - the law sets a floor for THC intoxication where it used to be zero.
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