Illinois Sen. Heather Steansâ bill to decriminalize marijuana possession, SB 2228, passed the Senate TuesdayÂ on a vote of 40 to 14. The measure will now be considered by the Illinois House of Representatives.
Sen. Steansâ bill would lower penalties by removing the possibility of arrest and a jail sentence for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Perhaps more importantly, it removes the possibility of a harmful criminal record for cannabis possession, which can last a lifetime. Instead, the bill would replace criminal penalties with a fine of between $100 and $200.
SB 2228 is part of a multi-year effort to help move away from the harsh penalties currently in place and to help bring more consistency to possession laws in Illinois, which can be unfairly applied.
If you are an Illinois resident, please take a moment to ask your representative to vote in support of SB 2228.