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Chicago pot plan: Under 17, no tickets

Police officers will undergo additional training before a new ordinance takes effect

By Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Young people under 17 caught in Chicago with small amounts of marijuana and anyone without "proper identification" would be ineligible for pot tickets and would be arrested — just as they are now — under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed decriminalization plan.

The ordinance to be considered Thursday by a City Council committee also includes fines ranging from $250 to $500 — up from a $100 minimum in Emanuel's original plan — with the maximum fine assessed against anyone slapped with a second citation within a 30-day period.

Chicago Police officers will undergo "field-test training that includes recognition of marijuana, how to use a test kit, how to write up a charge" and how to identify "packaging for sale" before the ordinance takes effect, officials said.

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