A proposal to issue tickets to those found with 15 grams or less of
marijuana has passed the Chicago City Council's Public Safety Committee. The
ordinance is now headed for a full council vote, with the lawmakers scheduled to meet next Wednesday.
The proposal passed by a 13-1 vote and would give police the discretion to dole out $250 to $500 fines to those found with small amounts of marijuana, instead of arresting them on misdemeanor charges. Some city aldermen voiced their reticence to support such a law.
"I’m actually a little taken aback by this," Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) said. "As you know, my ward on the West Side of Chicago has been Dope
Central for the last 30 years, and to talk about an effort to not
arrest, an effort to change the paradigm on how we deal with the selling
of narcotics, is troubling."
Check back with Progress Illinois for more on today's hearing and the proposed ordinance.