A bill that is currently pending in the Illinois legislature to make small amounts (15 grams or less) of marijuana a petty offense, punishable by fine only, has been amended to include another major change that I have been long advocating for on this blog.
Under the amended version of HB 218, the law would “provides that a person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle within this State when the person has, within 2 hours thereof, a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration in the person’s whole blood or other bodily substance of 15 nanograms or more of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per milliliter of whole blood or 25 nanograms or more of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per milliliter of other bodily substance from the unlawful consumption of cannabis (rather than a concentration in any amount).”
This is a major change from our current law, which outlaws driving with any amount of cannabis in a person’s blood, breath or urine. In other words, as it currently stands, you could smoke some marijuana on April 10th and be charged with a DUI based on cannabis still in your system on May 7th, regardless of a total lack of impairment. Crazy, right?
I am glad that the legislature has been listening to reason. Lets hope this bill passes.