Chicago mayor: decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

Rahm Emanuel issues press release backing idea of civil citations for 15 grams or less


By Fran Spielmanand and Frank Main
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is throwing his formidable support behind a plan to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

If the City Council goes along, Chicago cops will be free to issue a ticket with a fine ranging from $100 to $500. The tickets would apply to people caught with 15 grams of pot or less.

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