A group of Illinois lawmakers is looking decriminalize marijuana in Illinois. The Democratic lawmakers are hoping to create a task force that would work on regulating and legalizing the drug in the state.
Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey plans to introduce a resolution on May 21 that would call on the Illinois General Assembly to create the task force. If it passes, it would go to Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan for approval.
"This is not something that's going to happen in weeks or months, but it's something that's never going to happen unless we start to take affirmative steps now," said Fritchey.
Chicago began allowing police to ticket those found with 15 grams or less of marijuana back in 2012. Lawmakers say the lack of a statewide rule on marijuana lends to confusion for law enforcement.
"Because they're not currently backed by state law, there's kind of a question of, do I arrest this person or give them a ticket?" said State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago), according to the Chicago Tribune. "As a state, clearing that up gives more leeway to the Chicago Police Department and to others who are putting people currently in the Cook County jail system."