Rep. Cassidy renews effort to pass decrimilization in Illinois
On December 10, 2015, Rep. Kelly Cassidy introduced a bill to remove criminal penalties for the possession of a small amount of marijuana and replace them with a fine. This bill — HB 4357 — can be considered in 2016 and picks up where her 2015 bill left off. Although the 2015 bill cleared both chambers and Gov. Bruce Rauner supported the concept, time ran out before a bill could be enacted that incorporated his requested revisions.
Rep. Cassidy and MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) hope the legislature will pass the 2016 bill without delay when the legislature meets in January. Please click here to ask your legislators to support the speedy passage of HB 4357.
Rev. Myron McCoy, senior minister at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, addresses reporters during the HB 4357 press event on behalf of Rep. Kelly’s bill. Fourteen ministers were present to show support and answer questions.