DeKalb City Council To Discuss Marijuana Fines In Wake Of New State Law

Sep 26, 2016

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DeKalb's City Council will consider revisions to its marijuana possession fines at a Committee of the Whole meeting tonight.  

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law in July that makes possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil penalty.  It comes with an associated fine of up to $200.   

By comparison, DeKalb charges a minimum of $350 for possessing less than 2.5 grams of cannabis.  The fine goes up to at least $750 if the issue is adjudicated in court.  

The Daily Chronicle reports DeKalb will have to adjust possession amounts to match the new state law.  However, local ordinances could allow the city to keep its higher fines.  

The Committee of the Whole meeting takes place tonight at 5 p.m.