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Rauner wants marijuana decriminalization bill less lenient

Aug 16, 2015

Lower possession threshold, higher fines part of amendatory veto of Illinois marijuana bill

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants House Bill 218 rolled a little differently before he’ll sign it into law.

The Winnetka Republican used his veto pen Friday to seek changes to the bill, which currently would put possession of small amounts of marijuana on par with a traffic offense.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy of Chicago, would not make marijuana legal, but it would make possession of 15 grams (about a half-ounce) or less a civil-law offense punishable by a maximum fine…

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