On January 17th 2020, a routine traffic stop led to one young man being caged over cannabis and a community left asking questions. The Illinois General Assembly passed a HB 1438 legalizing recreational marijuana use and sale in the state for adults on May 31, 2019. Governor JB Pritzker signed the bill into law on June 25 2019
Although recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois Jan. 1, the new law specifies cannabis must be in a sealed, odor-proof, child-resistant cannabis container. Not storing your cannabis in such a fashion is considered a Class A misdemeanor with a possibility of up to 364 days in jail according to the new bill.
WAND17 reports: "Brandon Turk, 24, was arrested a little after noon following a traffic stop, because his car did not have a front license plate.
Police said the officer could smell cannabis in his car so searched it found about two ounces in a plastic bag, a digital scale in Turk's sweatshirt pocket and $185 cash.
Officials said Turk is also likely to be charged with felony obstruction of justice. He is being held on a total bond of $22,500"