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NORML Supporting Governor's Compromise On Pot Bill

A marijuana advocacy group is urging Illinois lawmakers to accept Governor Bruce Rauner's changes to a marijuana decriminalization plan. 

In his amendatory veto, the Governor supported lowering penalties for possession of pot but he did tighten the amount someone could have to avoid a criminal charge.  

The National Organization to Reform Marijuana laws says it's still a move in the right direction.   Dan Linn is Executive Director of NORML's Illinois chapter:

" I think if he's honest about reducing our prison population, if he's honest about reforming our criminal justice system, this is a very easy win I think to accomplish those types of goals".

This measure would make possession of up to ten grams of marijuana punishable by a fine of up to 200-dollars.    It also sets a standard for how much THC could be in a person's bloodstream to qualify for driving while impaired.  

Bill is a former general manager, economy reporter, Harvest correspondent and Statehouse Bureau Chief for NPR Illinois. He has won several awards including the Associated Press Best Investigative Reporter.
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