Cannabis ordinance back on table for Galesburg City Council

By WEEK Reporter

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM CDT

GALESBURG, Ill. -- The Galesburg City Council approved the first reading of a cannabis ordinance Monday night, but it is not the first time the council has seen this plan.

In August 2012, the same cannabis ordinance passed with a 4 to 3 vote, but former Mayor Sal Garza vetoed it.

Mayor John Pritchard said the ordinance stands a chance to be passed now.

"Having read the ordinance and having talked to various law enforcement officials, I see no reason to veto. I think giving the police department the option to give different penalties to violators is a good thing," said Pritchard.

This ordinance allows police to give tickets for possession of 2.5 grams or less of cannabis, which means violators would not necessarily be seeing jail time for their offense.

The city council will revisit the topic in 2014.

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