Chicago, Ill -- A group of Chicago City Councilmen are calling for lesser penalties for marijuana possession. They say it could save their city money and relieve overcrowded jails.
According to the Cook County Police Commissioner, Police make 23,000 misdemeanor arrests a year, and spend 84,000 hours processing those arrests. 90% of those cases are later thrown out.
Thursday, three Chicago Alderman suggested ticketing the violators instead. Which saves officers time, relieves jail overcrowding and brings in money.
"We're not approving the smoking of pot. Let's make that clear, we're not saying that. What we're asking is.. that the Police make the right decision when someone has 10 grams or less in their possession, simply right them a ticket and let them go. Then that Police Officer can stay working his beat," Ariel Reboyras, 30th Ward Alderman.
In Peoria, the City Council considered a similar ordinance: ticketing offenders with less than 2.5 grams of marijuana.
The measure was indefinitely postponed in June of this year.