Democrat Kelly Cassidy Of Chicago Sponsored The Bill That Will Fine Pot Smokers Rather That Put Them Behind Bars
If you find yourself traveling through Illinois smoking a joint on the way to Chicago, and you get stopped by the cops, don’t worry. You’re not going to jail, but there’s a good chance you get a stiff fine. Thanks to a recent bill passed by the Illinois State House, the possession of a small amount of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor, not a felony. The state wants to save money, and the House is pulling out all stops to get the state in the black again.
The bill makes possession of a half-ounce of grass a fineable offense. Anyone caught with pot would have that record expunged after six months as long as they keep their record clean. The bill also creates a measure that treats pot smokers behind the wheel like alcohol drinkers. There is a driving while under the influence clause in the bill. That clause is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol law.
The new bill will save the state about $30 million, a figure that intrigues CPA Ivan Ong. Also, the bill will help alleviate prison overcrowding. Pot smokers think it’s a great law. But most pot smokers say driving under the influence of weed is nothing like driving under the influence of alcohol.