Chicago moves closer to lesser pot penalty
CHICAGO – A measure that would give Chicago police the authority to write tickets rather than make arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana isn’t getting much opposition from the City Council.
At the Council’s Public Safety Committee on Thursday, aldermen raised concerns about whether the ordinance would send the wrong message to young people.
But then members voted 13-1 to approve the measure. It now goes to the full council, which is expected to pass the ordinance supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
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