Bill Would Eliminate Criminal Marijuana Penalties | WGLT

Bill Would Eliminate Criminal Marijuana Penalties

Dec 9, 2015

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A Chicago lawmaker plans to try again next spring to drop criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Democratic Represetative Kelly Cassidy plans to announce her proposal Thursday in Chicago. The General Assembly endorsed a Cassidy-sponsored plan last spring to impose fines for possession of marijuana. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner used his power to lowered the amount of marijuana allowed to 10 grams from 15 grams in Cassidy's plan, and impose fines of $100 to $200 instead of $55 to $125. A statement from Cassidy Wednesday said her new proposal would include provisions that Rauner and lawmakers ``agreed to earlier this year.''