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Ill. Lawmakers Pass Bill to Decriminalize, but Still Fine, Marijuana Possession

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Legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois is on its way to Governor Bruce Rauner's desk. 

The House approved the measure Wednesday on a 64-50 vote. It had previously passed the Senate.

The bill would impose fines between $100 and $200 for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana but no jail time.

Rauner vetoed a bill last year that had lower fines and made possession of up to 15 grams a civil offense.

Rauner recommended the higher fines and lower threshold.

The bill also sets a standard for what's considered too high to drive. A driver's blood would have to contain 5 nanograms of THC, marijuana's intoxicating chemical, within two hours of consumption to be considered impaired.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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