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Ordinance Decriminalizing Pot to Be Introduced Wednesday



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    UPDATE: Alderman Starts "Pot Ticket" Debate

    An ordinance decriminalizing small amounts of pot will be formally introduced during Wednesday's City Council meeting.

    Instead of sending those found with 10 grams or less of marijuana to jail, they'll instead face a $200 fine and 10 hours of community service under a proposal to be introduced by Ald. Danny Solís (25th).

    Several aldermen, including Howard Brookins, Richard Mell, Ariel Reboyras, Walter Burnett, Joe Moreno, Bob Fioretti and Deborah Graham have signed on as co-sponsors.

    The legislators comprise a growing list of leaders, including Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, who think too much money is being spent to house pot users in the Cook County Jail.
    Opponents of the idea say ticketing weakens the severity of the crime.

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