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Gov. Rauner signs bill reducing pot penalties in Illinois

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By IVAN MORENO
Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that makes marijuana possession in small amounts punishable only with fines and no jail time.

The governor's office announced that Rauner signed the legislation Friday. The announcement came after The Associated Press reported the signing.

The new law means possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana will be punishable with a fine of up to $200. The governor's signature makes Illinois the 17th state to treat possession of marijuana in small amounts as a civil offense rather than a criminal one.

The legislation also sets a standard for what's considered too high to drive.

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