On July 29, 2016, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2228, making Illinois the 21st state to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana.
According to SB 2228, simple possession of up to 10 grams of personal marijuana is now considered a civil violation, punishable by a fine of up to $200.
“Serious criminal penalties should be reserved for people who commit serious crimes, not low-level marijuana offenses,” said Chris Lindsey, senior legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project.
“We applaud Gov. Rauner and the legislature for replacing Illinois’s needlessly draconian marijuana possession law with a much more sensible policy. This commonsense legislation will prevent countless citizens from having their lives turned upside down by a marijuana possession arrest.”
According to the Associated Press, Illinois is the third largest state to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana.