Mayor Emanuel (aka The Dude to XRT listeners) wants to make it less of a crime if you’re caught carrying a joint or eleven. The Sun-Times reports the mayor is backing a proposal to ticket anyone carrying 15 grams or less, rather than having police bust them with potential jail time.
Right now in Chicago, getting busted for pot means a misdemeanor charge, and the potential penalty of sitting in a jail cell for up to six months and forking over $1,500. Most of those cases end up being dropped. But if the City Council agrees, people who are carrying 15 or less grams of pot will just be ticketed and fined between $100 and $500.
The mayor and other supporters say it’ll give police more time to deal with street crime. Others complain it sends the wrong message about drugs.
What do you think?