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Rahm, Lewis Disagree on Legalizing Pot

Mayor says he's not in favor of full legalization of marijuana

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn't a fan of legalizing pot.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel is against Karen Lewis' idea to legalize and tax marijuana.

    Lewis -- the Chicago Teacher's Union president who still hasn't decided whether to enter the mayoral race -- called for full legalization after Emanuel announced support Tuesday for decriminalizing marijuana possession across the state, reducing the penalty to a misdemeanor for those caught with 1 gram or less of a controlled substance.

    Emanuel told a General Assembly committee that Chicago made nearly 5,000 fewer arrests last year for low-level cannabis possession, allowing police more time to spend on fighting other crimes.

    Lewis told the newspaper that Emanuel's proposed Chicago casino would be more damaging to the city than legalized marijuana.