The Galesburg City Council has approved a new municipal law relaxing penalties for pot possession.
Under the new ordinance, Galesburg police officers are given two options when encountering someone with small amounts of cannabis: either an arrest or issuing an administrative citation (a fine of $300). This only applies to those holding 2.5 grams or less.
The city hopes to raise additional revenue from the fines and be able to redirect law enforcement resources. Galesburg Chief of Police David Christensen has signaled his support for the proposed ordinance.
Cannabis possession or the possession of drug paraphernalia remains a Class C misdemeanor under state law.
This vote comes less than a week after Colorado became the first state to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational uses. In many other states, including Illinois, cannabis is legal for approved medical uses.
The full text of the ordinance change may be found here.