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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-related charges, Naperville criminal defense lawyer,  drug charges, marijuana decriminalized, civil charge In 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana throughout the state. This does not mean marijuana is legal to possess in Illinois. Rather, it means that when an individual is found to possess a small amount of marijuana, he or she may face a civil charge, rather than a criminal charge. If you face any type of marijuana-related charge, you can fight it with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Although you will not face jail time or other criminal penalties for a civil charge, fighting your civil charge can clear your name and potentially enable you to avoid professional and social repercussions.

It Does Not Mean Marijuana is Legal to Possess

You cannot legally possess marijuana in Illinois without being a registered medical marijuana patient. You also cannot legally consume marijuana in any form while in public, nor can you legally purchase marijuana if you are not a medical marijuana patient.

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