As everyone knows, Illinois is facing a budget shortfall. The gov and the state leg are locked in a stupid dick measuring contest, keeping funds from a lot of government agencies in this state. So where to find money without increasing taxes, especially during an election year?
How about pot?
Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill that has decriminalized small amounts of weed. If you are caught with 10 grams or less, you don't get arrested, you simply get fined a ticket up to $200. This makes Illinois the 17th state to enact such legislation.
The key to the debate was what constituted a "harmless" amount of weed. 10 grams was seen as an acceptable limit, the equivalent of a BAL. The bill passed with bipartisan support, probably after seeing how things went in Cook County -- a few years ago, they also decriminalized small amounts of pot, and it's been very good for their budget.
Let taht be a lesson to you -- if you can't have faith in people to do what is right, have faith in their greed.