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Koch Brothers win marijuana decriminalization with Illinois Policy Institute’s help

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CHICAGO - 

In 2012, Chicago City Council voted to move to civil instead of criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Nearly four years later, the rest of the state has followed suit.

On May 18, the Illinois House voted to move Illinois to ticket-based penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. If the governor signs Senate Bill 2228, instead of making arrests, police will start issuing tickets ranging from $100 to $200 per offense. Previously, anyone caught with 10 grams or less of marijuana could have been charged with a misdemeanor, resulting in a fine of up to $1,500 and possible jail time of up to six months. Under SB 2228, anyone charged with the civil marijuana possession penalty would also automatically have his or her record expunged six months after the bill’s effective date.

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