Center Square’s Cook County Commissioner, John Fritchey (D-12), and Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) are planning a press conference tomorrow morning to call upon Chicago and Cook County police to issue tickets instead of jailing and prosecuting offenders with small amounts of marijuana.
What do you think of the proposal? Tell us in the comments. The complete press release is below:
City, County Officials Call for New Marijuana Policy
Say Ticketing for Possession Makes Practical and Economic Sense
CHICAGO – Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey (D-12th) will host a press conference tomorrow where he will be joined by a cross-section of Chicago Aldermen to call upon Chicago police and law enforcement officials in other Cook County municipalities to start issuing tickets for possession of small amounts of marijuana rather than arresting offenders. Fritchey, along with Aldermen Richard Mell (33rd), Walter Burnett (27th) and Ariel Reboyras (30th), maintain that such a move not only makes practical sense, but also that it would save tens of millions of dollars and free up undermanned police forces to focus on more serious crimes.
DATE: TOMORROW, Thursday, October 27, 2011
WHERE: Cook County Building
118 N Clark Street
“The simple truth is that the decades-long policies that we have had toward possession of small amounts of marijuana have failed to do anything other than fill our jails with non-violent offenders, strain our budgets, and according to some studies, even cause an increase in more serious crime,” stated Commissioner Fritchey.