Marijuana legislation passes Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would make the possession of small amounts of marijuana punishable by a fine instead of arrest has been passed by the Illinois House.

Lawmakers passed the measure in a 62-53 vote.  Under the proposal, anyone found to be in possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana would be fined a maximum of $125, and would not be placed under arrest.

According to the legislation's sponsor, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, the fine would create a uniform way to treat marijuana possession.  Currently, more than 100 communities across Illinois offer their police officers the choice of either arresting a person for possession, or writing a ticket.

The measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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