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Illinois Governor Seems Ready to Sign Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday said he’d “probably be comfortable” with a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The bill, approved by a 64-50 vote by the Illinois House on Wednesday, would ensure no one in Illinois could be criminally charged for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana. The Senate passed the measure in April with a 40-14 vote.
Rauner last year vetoed a bill to make possession of up to 15 grams of pot a ticketable offense, saying it would allow people to carry too much pot and that fines should be more than $55 to $125.

The governor was also concerned about the bill’s approach to driving under the influence of cannabis. The bill Rauner vetoed last year had a limit of 15 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. He argued that was too much and suggested it be 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.

The state currently has a zero tolerance policy for marijuana. [Read more at the Chicago Sun Times]

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