Illinois became the 21st state to decriminalize small amounts (10 grams or less) of marijuana on July 29 when Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 2228. The new law states that a policeman or other law people statewide will no longer arrest or jail a person with that amount or less. They will issue tickets for a fine between $100 and $200, which will subsequently be expunged after payment of the fine. Nothing goes on your permanent criminal record.
It seems that every week we hear news stories about people who are wrongfully convicted of serious crimes and released from prison. The fact that so many innocent people spend years, if not decades, behind bars for crimes they did not commit is a tragedy. Even after a person leave prison, however, they should be able to sue the state for putting them in prison in the first place.