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 — 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.