In addition to passing a major revision to the license reinstatement law, both the Illinois House and Senate have passed HB 218, which would make possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana a fine only violation, not a crime as it is now.
Now, how the average person would know whether they have 15 grams or less of marijuana on their person, I really don’t know. The Chicago Tribune claims that it is the equivalent of 25 joints, but that is not an exact science. What if you like to have a fatty?
Keep in mind that this law doesn’t prevent the police from arresting you and charging you for possession, pending a weight determination. Also, testing positive for marijuana might cost you your job or revoke your probation.
The bill would also change Illinois’ DUI laws. Instead of our current DUI laws, which makes it a DUI to have any amount of cannabis in one’s blood, breath or urine, regardless of actual impairment, including metabolite which can remain in a person’s system for a month or more after usage, the law would now require either actual impairment as a result of marijuana usage, or 15 nanograms or more of cannabis in a person’s blood. Illinois will still remain a “zero tolerance” state when it comes to having any amount of another controlled substance in your system while driving, but it should be pointed out that cocaine and heroin leave a person’s blood system much faster than marijuana.