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Rahm's Chicago Pot Plan Nets $98K In Fines




    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to issue pot tickets instead of making arrests for possession of 15 grams of marijuana or less has made progress -- and money.

    In the first four months, Chicago Police issued almost 400 tickets and made $98,000 in fines, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Cops Find Two Football Fields Worth of Pot

    [CHI] Cops Find Two Football Fields Worth of Pot
    Chicago officers found "two football fields worth" of pot plants growing in the open about 500 feet east of Stony Island near East 107th Street. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012)

    Under the new policy, officers have the option of issuing a ticket to someone, rather than placing them under arrest. Anyone caught with pot under the age of 17 or without proper identification is still be arrested, as are those caught smoking pot in public or possessing marijuana in or near a school or park.

    Tickets range from $250 to $500 for the first offense, and the Tribune reports that most of the tickets issued so far were for $250. In 128 cases, offenders didn't show up to court, though, and were issued a $500 fine.

    $500K Worth of Pot Recovered From NW Side Building

    [CHI] $500K Worth of Pot Recovered From NW Side Building
    Police found more than 100 marijuana plants, pans full of marijuana buds laid out on the bathroom counter, $30,000 in cash and two illegal firearms in a northwest side facility. Michelle Relerford reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012)

    The Chicago City Council approved the pot-ticket plan in June despite concerns from at least one alderman about the plan being a revenue-generator for the city.

    Emanuel has said a portion of the money has been earmarked for an anti-drug campaign aimed at kids.