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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:46 PM

Chicago decriminalizes possession of small amounts of pot

Source: USA Today

The Chicago City Council voted overwhelmingly today to decriminalize the posession of small amounts of marijuana, giving police the discretion to write tickets instead of arrest violators, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The proposal, put forth by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, passed, 43-3.

The new law, covering possession of 15 grams of marijuana or less, could take effect as soon as July. Fines would run between $250 and $500.

Reuters notes that Chicago joins such cities as Seattle, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, as well as university towns like Champaign, Ill., and Madison, Wis., in adopting more lenient policies for pot possession.

Read more: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/06/chicago-decriminalizes-possession-of-small-amounts-of-pot/1

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Reply Chicago decriminalizes possession of small amounts of pot (Original post)
IDemo Jun 2012 OP
Uncle Joe Jun 2012 #1
Baitball Blogger Jun 2012 #2
99th_Monkey Jun 2012 #7
RKP5637 Jun 2012 #3
Meiko Jun 2012 #4
99th_Monkey Jun 2012 #8
Meiko Jun 2012 #15
liberalmike27 Jun 2012 #5
wwytchwood Jun 2012 #6
riderinthestorm Jun 2012 #9
damnedifIknow Jun 2012 #10
otherone Jun 2012 #11
IamK Jun 2012 #12
WinstonSmith4740 Jun 2012 #13
RainDog Jun 2012 #14
midnight Jun 2012 #16
madrchsod Jun 2012 #17

Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:50 PM

1. Well that's a step in the right direction, kudos to the great city of Chicago.



Now on to legalizing cannabis.

Thanks for the thread, IDemo.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:57 PM

2. Not sure if I like the word, "discretion."

Whatever they decide, it should apply to everyone.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:28 PM

7. I caught that too

Given what ass-holes some police officers are these daze,
I don't want them to act as an on-the-spot judge and jury
in such matters.

And do people who just get "tickets" have to give the cops
their whole stash? I didn't see anything about that in the
article.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:00 PM

3. Finally, sensibility is creeping in !!! n/t

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:06 PM

4. Yea but

 

a $250.00-$500.00 fine? That's more than a little steep in my opinion. I guess it beats going to jail so it all evens out I guess. One step at a time.

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Response to Meiko (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:30 PM

8. Plus I bet the cops "confiscate" the pot as well. ~nt

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:44 PM

15. I was thinking

 

the same thing.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:12 PM

5. Cool

Maybe it'll make a few of the folks less murderous, and take down the murder rate there. "Damn, I was going to shoot that guy, but I believe I'll hit the Taco Bell instead and get me a gordida."

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:13 PM

6. please understand

 

the cops will keep arresting, not ticketing, as they wanna seach and seize and fuck over

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:38 PM

9. About time! Way overdue. The fines are ridiculous but maybe in time that will change. nt

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:27 PM

10. Maybe

this will help with our ridiculous standing in the world of being number one in prison population. Not a good number one to be.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:33 PM

11. Go Rahm

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:52 PM

12. It may be used to help people sleep through the gunfire every night... n/t

 

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:56 PM

13. One step at a time...

Back on the bad old early 70's I lived in Chicago...right out of college and rarin' to go. And if I remember correctly (and I do), the best source of drugs back then were the cops. Seriously good times.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:58 PM

14. k&r n/t

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:04 PM

16. I like decriminalizing small amounts, but why fine people?

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Response to midnight (Reply #16)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:21 PM

17. because it is illegal in the state of illinois

the city can get around the state law by fines. but the second time may result in state charges which are lenient for possession under a certain amount.

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