Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. (Seth Perlman, Associated Press file)

Illinois marijuana decriminalization bill heading to gov’s desk

Legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.

The House approved the measure Wednesday on a 64-50 vote. It had previously passed the Senate.

The bill would impose fines between $100 and $200 for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana but no jail time. Rauner vetoed a bill last year that had lower fines and made possession of up to 15 grams a civil offense.

Rauner recommended the higher fines and lower threshold.

The bill also sets a standard for what’s considered too high to drive. A driver’s blood would have to contain 5 nanograms of THC, marijuana’s intoxicating chemical, within two hours of consumption to be considered impaired.