- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would treat possession of small amounts of marijuana like a speeding ticket rather than a crime.

The measure made it through the Illinois House last week. It passed the Senate criminal law committee Wednesday with a 9-3 vote and now heads to the Senate floor.

Possessing 15 grams or less of marijuana is subject to a minimum fine of $55 and a maximum of $125 under the bill. Possession currently is treated as a misdemeanor unless a local municipality has an ordinance that allows police to issue a ticket instead.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy is the sponsor in the House. The Chicago Democrat says the measure would help prevent discrimination of enforcement based on race.


The bill is HB218.

Online: https://www.ilga.gov/

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