The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday announced it has created new
rules for the state's cannabis decriminalization law - including
setting a $ 120 fine for those caught with up to 10 grams of cannabis
or drug paraphernalia.
The law, which Gov. Bruce Rauner signed on July 29, gave the state
Supreme Court the authority to further clarify the newly defined
"civil law violation" of possessing up to 10 grams of cannabis or
Under the law, the violation is punishable by a fine between $ 100
and $ 200. In one of six newly created rules, the fine was set at $
120 per violation.
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Illinois residents who qualify for medical marijuana would pay $150 a
year and undergo a criminal background check under draft regulations
revealed Tuesday. And some might be able to apply as soon as September.
A sweeping 48-page draft notice of proposed rules has been posted
online at mcpp.illinois.gov, giving Illinoisans time to review the
details on everything from who can register, where cannabis can be
used and how patients with conditions that aren't approved can file
petitions before an advisory board to prove their case.
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