Jim Dey: New pot law a big bummer for courts

The poor, pathetic, militantly ignorant wretches in the Legislature — bless their hearts — have struck again.

Under the guise of trying to solve one problem — decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana — they wrote SB 2228 so sloppily that it creates the same problems they were purportedly trying to correct.

They sought to lighten the load on the court system by trying to mimic fine-only municipal ordinance violations or speeding citations — yet the new law requires a cumbersome court process.

They wanted to reduce fines, setting a range of $100 to $200. Yet their refusal to set a specific amount, like those imposed for speeding tickets, requires a judicial decision on the amount to be paid plus the imposition of court costs.

They couldn't even create a proper category in which to place the offense, labeling it a "civil law fine" when there is no such animal. Acting on advice from the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, new cases filed under the law will carry "MR" labels — "miscellaneous remedies."

"It's a catch-all" label, Moultrie County Circuit Judge Dan Flannell said... read the full story

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