The Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to decrease the penalty levied upon individuals found to be in possession of small amounts of cannabis, a move that could ease the criminal penalties for countless individuals in the state going forward.
The House approved Senate Bill 2228, which would have law enforcement officials issue tickets ranging from $100 to $200 each instead of making arrests for possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis. The civil offense would not result in jail time.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar measure in 2015; this time around, however, the bill includes several provisions proposed by Rauner himself, which increases the chance that he will sign it into law. The recently-passed measure was introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago).
Rep. Kelly Cassidy, who proposed the measure that was ultimately vetoed in 2015, voiced her approval of the new bill, saying that the state was due for a change.
“Illinois is long…