[photogallerylink id=94955 align=left]Chicago aldermen have voted 43-to-3 to approve the city’s new policy. Starting August 4th — the second day of Lolla, police may issue tickets to people who are caught with 15 grams or less of pot. Tickets range from $250-$500 for a first time offense, and anyone caught again within 30 days will be automatically fined $500. Part of the money generated will go towards an anti-drug campaign targeted at kids.
Mary Dixon Explains Chicago’s New Marijuana Fines
Before you go sparking it up on a street corner, you should know that police will still bust anyone who is seen smoking a joint in public or near a park or school. The same goes for anyone who isn’t carrying proper identification or is under the age of 17.
Mayor Emanuel says it’s not decriminalization of marijuana, but it’s a move to get more officers on the street since it’ll free them up from having to go through the misdemeanor arrest process.