State, cities consider decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession

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SPRINGFIELD - Some Illinois lawmakers are pushing to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

However, they face some stiff opposition. Law enforcement agencies and anti-pot advocates are against the move, saying there should be "zero tolerance."

The bill is designed to set a standard for what's considered to be "too high" to drive. It would also make possessing 10 grams a civil offense punishable by fines.

Some municipalities are are considering similar legislation.

in Urbana, the City Council is looking at lowering fines for small amounts of cannabis. Council members will discuss a proposal that will lower the fine for possessing small amounts of cannabis from $300.00 to $5.00.

The matter is expected to be discussed Monday.

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