Boston, MA, 04/05/2014 (medicalmarijuanareporter.com) – According to a report by ABC Chicago, the House of Representatives may decriminalize the ownership of limited amounts of marijuana soon.
A New Bill
In Illinois, a medical marijuana pilot program had been approved last year which sought legalizing of marijuana there. As per the report, it has been proposed that the possession of less than or 30 grams of marijuana will no longer be charged with an arrest, rather only fined $100. This proposal has already received the approval of the House Restorative Justice Committee in Springfield last month. As per the results of a Public Policy Polling survey, the Marijuana Policy Project received the support of 63% of Illinois voters who participated in the survey. It included 56% of Republican respondents.
The legislation has planned to create a “regulatory offence” for the residents having possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana. While taking care that the ticketed individuals do not lose employment, housing or educational opportunities, it has been decided that once they pay the fine, their names would no longer occur in any records.
Voices For & Against
Roosevelt University’s Kathie Kane-Willis, who is a drug policy researcher at the University, has also come up as a supporter of the new bill. At a conference which was held on Thursday, she pointed out CBS Chicago’s reports that demonstrate that 80% of transgression marijuana possessors who were arrested in Cook County did not lead to any convictions.
The former administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Peter Bensinger, however is not in favor of the decision of implementing the new laws. He said to the ABC that removing a penalty would be like a highway without a speed limit. DNAinfo Chicago further reported that the State Attorney’s office of the Cook County is also against the bill, and claims that it would allow for unlimited number of offences.