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Illinois is possibly on the verge of legalizing marijuana for recreational use for adults age 21 and older, perhaps as early as Jan. 1, 2020. This would mean residents of the state could possess up to 30 grams of cannabis and non-residents could have up to 15 grams. The decriminalization could also lead to expungement for certain marijuana possession convictions that were made based on the current laws.

Marijuana Possession Penalties 

Currently, if a person is caught with 10 grams or less of marijuana, it is considered a civil violation, which means no jail time and a maximum fine of $200. A first offense with 10-30 grams is a misdemeanor, which could result in a year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Anything over 30 grams is a felony, with conviction resulting in anywhere from a year to 30 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.

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marijuana possession, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, Illinois marijuana possession, intent to deliver, Class 1 felonyAlthough a wave of marijuana legalization is currently sweeping the nation, marijuana possession is still a criminal offense in Illinois. Like many other offenses, marijuana possession is not charged in a “one size fits all” manner.

How much cannabis an individual had at the time of his or her arrest, whether the court can prove that he or she intended to sell it, and whether the individual could legally possess cannabis for medical reasons all impact the charge and penalties he or she faces.

How Much Marijuana you had at the Time of your Arrest Matters

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