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Drug possession laws target people who use substances for punishment.
  • Illinois is one of only 18 states that makes all drug possession a felony. Most people prosecuted for drug charges in Illinois are accused of possessing only small amounts of drugs – often 2 grams or less.


Felony penalties for drug possession disproportionately impact Black Illinoisans.


Jails and prisons are not treatment centers.


Felony drug convictions cost Illinois taxpayers millions of dollars every year.
  • Between 2018 and 2021, imprisoning people for low-level drug possession cost the State of Illinois over $190 million.

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