Illinois House moves toward decriminalizing marijuana possession
Published on 4/22/15
This week, the Illinois House passed legislation decriminalizing marijuana and ticketing offenders with less than 15 grams. Possession would be treated like a traffic ticket, with no court/jail time as legislators feel police, courts, and jail systems are "bogged down" with small possession crimes. This bill would also prevent drivers with small traces of marijuana from being charged with a DUI, as marijuana stays in a person's system much longer than the effects last.
"I think police have been bogged down with petty possession crimes," Sandack said. "I think courts have been bogged down with petty possession crimes. These people, they're not dealers. They have no intent to sell."