The Illinois house passed a bill Thursday that would make certain levels of marijuana possession punishable with a fine. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), calls for those caught with 15 grams or less of marijuana to be fined a maximum of $125, allowing the fined party to avoid arrest.
"Illinois currently has over 100 local ordinances applying to cannabis possession" Cassidy said of SB 218. "The difference between arrest and a ticket is completely arbitrary, and too often has been based on what you look like and where you live. This law provides a uniform standard ensuring fair and appropriate penalties."
The bill passed by a 62-53 vote and is now headed to the Senate for consideration.
"This legislation ensures equal enforcement statewide and ensures that charges for small amounts of cannabis do not ruin someone's life, creating barriers against housing, employment and education" Cassidy added.