The Illinois State Police (ISP) have issued a statement regarding Senate Bill 2228 that was signed by Governor Rauner on Friday. The law amends penalties for possession of small amounts of cannabis.
“The safety of Illinois citizens, and the motoring public, will always remain the utmost priority of the Illinois State Police (ISP). ISP officers will continue to enforce the law, while being mindful of the penalty changes for smaller amounts of cannabis,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “The public is reminded that cannabis possession without a medical marijuana card is still illegal; the penalty and fines have changed. In addition, drivers under the influence of cannabis will still be arrested and prosecuted.”
The new law changes the charge for possession of 10.0 grams, or less, of cannabis to civil law violation, with a fine of 100-200 dollars. ISP officers will no longer be required to fingerprint, photograph, and collect bond or transport violators to jail. Any cannabis, or other drug paraphernalia, will confiscated for evidence. After adjudication, any confiscated materials will be destroyed. All local ordinances regarding cannabis are not impacted by the new law.