Chicago City Council Overwhelmingly Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/06/30 18:22:20

The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly voted today to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal passed 44-3, allowing Chicago police to issue pot-possession tickets starting Aug. 4. The move makes Chicago among a growing wave of states and several of the largest U.S. cities to adopt reduced penalties.

The ordinance gives Chicago police the discretion to issue citations between $250 to $500 for someone with 15 grams or less of pot.

Chicago officers would continue to arrest people caught smoking marijuana or carrying it on park or school grounds. Authorities also would arrest anyone younger than 17 caught with pot or anyone they believed was trying to sell the drug.

Emanuel made changes to his original proposal to appease aldermen concerned that the city was sending the message that it was going soft on pot.

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  • Schläue~© 2012/06/30 18:50:37
    GREAT .... a money-maker for Chitcago.

    Their jails are already overcrowded so they weren't arresting people beforehand.

    Now they will be focusing on writing those tickets like meter maids tagging illegally parked vehicles.

    Don't show up to court or pay the fine? .... now you have a warrant out and the fine goes up even higher.

    Anyone who thinks this is doing anything to help the situation has rocks in their head.
  • Roger47 2012/06/30 18:37:06
    Smart decision. Marijuana is so widely used that the laws against it are viewed as a joke by much of our population. And in case anyone has not figured it out, the "war on drugs" approach does not work. When Portugal gave up on the war approach and spent money on free drug treatment instead of law enforcement, drug abuse went way down. We could learn from their experience.
  • ehrhornp 2012/06/30 18:28:46
    A small step but better than the present system of big brother.
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2012/06/30 18:23:32
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    Are they thinking if they mellow the citizens out that crime rates will come down?

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