Possessing small amounts of pot could become less criminal in Illinois, if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill the House sent to his desk on Wednesday.
According to the legislation, those caught and possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana would face fines between $100 and $200, rather than facing a trial where they could end up getting a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a fine of up to $1,500. Additionally, the measure slightly loosens restrictions Illinois’ current zero-tolerance policy on marijuana and driving. Currently, drivers found with any trace of pot in their system—even if it was toked long before and they’re not impaired, can be charged with a DUI. Drivers found with less than 5 nanograms of THC in their blood or less than 10 in their saliva would be let off the hook.
Do you think this is a ploy for Gov. Rauner to gain some popularity with voters after being named one of the least popular Governors in the nation? Or perhaps give police one less thing they have to worry about in regards to making arrests? Do you think this could be a good way for the state of Illinois to profit and perhaps get the public school system back on track financially? Colorado and Oregon are two states where it seems to have worked well. In 2015 Colorado raised $135 million in taxes and fees. Is legalizing marijuana a solution to our states money troubles? – @marconibologna