Some Illinois Lawmakers Want Small Amounts Of Pot Legal


SPRINGFIELD----Some Illinois lawmakers want small amounts of marijuana decriminalized. But that idea is facing heavy opposition from law enforcement and others against legalizing pot.

The omnibus bill in the Senate would also set a standard for what is considered too high to drive. Opponents of the measure say there should be zero tolerance for using marijuana and driving; those against it also say making even small amounts of marijuana legal sends the wrong message to youth.

The bill would also make possessing 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense, punishable by fines of up to $200. Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed last year's decriminalization bill. It would have made possessing up to 15 grams of marijuana a civil offense, and had lower fines.

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