Chicago City Council Votes to Decriminalize 'Small Amounts of Marijuana'

| by Michael Allen

The Chicago City Council has voted 43-2 to “decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.”

The city will now “issue a ticket for possession of 15 grams of marijuana or less,” but arrests “would still be mandated for anyone caught smoking pot in public or possessing marijuana in or near a school or in or near a park,” reports NBC Chicago.

Chicago joins 15 states and a number of cities that have reduced the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana, including: Seattle, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Champaign, Illinois, and Madison, Wisconsin.