STATELINE, ILL. (WIFR) - Stephenson County has seen an increase in marijuana arrests after pot officially became legal in Illinois on Jan. 1.
Stephenson County has seen an uptick in arrests regarding violations of marijuana after it was made legal in Illinois on Jan. 1.
Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders said his deputies have already made three arrests surrounding marijuana violations and said it's probably not stopping there.
"I think we'll see more," said Snyder."And I think we'll see an increase in traffic crashes as a result of this legislation."
Marijuana violations are a Class A misdemeanor which could result in a maximum penalty of one year in jail or other fines.
Marijuana can't be smoked anywhere in public including on the street and in parks. It also can't be smoked in your car or near anyone who is under 21 years old. However, marijuana can be smoked inside a home or on-site in a cannabis related business.
Snyders sais not all marijuana violations will be result in an arrest. Most violations will result in a warning or citation as arrest is up to the discretion of the officer.