Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke (14th) raised a couple of questions about Mayor
Rahm Emanuel's support of a proposal that would allow city police to
issue tickets to, instead of
arrest, people caught with 15 grams or less of marijuana. Burke wondered what might happen if a ticketed suspect did not have identification: Could the suspect give police a false name and get away with possessing pot?
Also, police can exercise state and federal pot statutes and still issue arrests, leading to questions of how police will use their discretion in doling out tickets versus making arrests.
The Tribune reports that despite Burke's concerns the ordinance will probably pass the full Chicago City Council, perhaps as soon as June 27 when the council next meets.