Next to Decriminalize Marijuana: Chicago?
No more jail time for small amounts, if city councilmen have their way
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 28, 2011 8:41 AM CDT
Chicago's leaders are looking to decriminalize marijuana.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – As public support for marijuana legalization grows, Chicago may take things one step closer: The city is looking to decriminalize the stuff, meaning users carrying small amounts would pay tickets instead of winding up in jail, the Chicago Tribune notes. Those carrying less than 10 grams would be slapped with a $200 fine and be required to perform community service, AFP reports. City council members intend to introduce the ordinance next week as a cost-cutting measure that would allow police to focus on bigger threats.

“It is not time to act tough on crime; it is (time) to be smart on crime. We need our resources spent somewhere else,” says the county commissioner. As it stands, the city’s police make some 23,000 marijuana possession arrests every year; those caught face six months in jail and a $1,500 fine. Across the country, 11 states have already decriminalized the drug, while 18 have legalized medical marijuana.

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Moonbird82
Oct 29, 2011 11:53 AM CDT
I find it really interesting that at you kid's teacher's request, you can be forced to feed your child amphetamenes, or DHR will pop you for neglect. How much is a script of generic Adderall 5mg? 70 bucks. Guess what else kiddies? The company that makes Adderall accidentally on purpose got the competing company's legal meth lab shut down so now there is nobody else to make the stuff...Now I hear they are doing away with their own line of generic so that everybody will be forced to pay for name brand stuff. The point behind all this? Follow the money!! It makes absolutley NO sense why a responsible adult cannot choose to consume a plant that has been on this planet before there were any laws, but you can be forced to pump your kids full of this crap that costs way more than a quarter sack ever thought about being!!
fractal
Oct 28, 2011 1:14 PM CDT
Considering its the Midwest, this is a big step forward. Give Obama a good congress, and watch him legalize marijuana in his second term. He knows what the deal is, and doesn't have to worry about re-election. It will be his greatest legacy.
SpaceKush14
Oct 28, 2011 11:53 AM CDT
bravo chicago, bravo, still not legalization, but a step towards it nonetheless