A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Gov. Rauner Kicks Marijuana Bills Back To Lawmakers, With Changes

It’s not clear whether state lawmakers will try to override the governor’s action, which in part stiffens fines for pot possession.



Emanuel Presses Springfield To Reduce Penalties For Minor Drug Possession

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called on state lawmakers to ease up on penalties for small-time drug possession cases, even though the city’s own effort to issue tickets for marijuana possession – rather than arrest suspects – has largely fizzled.


(Photo credit: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Move To Decriminalize Pot Possession Advances In Springfield

Proposed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) would make possession of an ounce of marijuana a petty offense, punishable only by a fine of no more than $100.


Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

City Council Approves Plan To Issue Tickets For Small Amounts Of Pot

The City Council has passed an ordinance that will make the possession of small amounts of marijuana punishable only by a ticket in most cases.

CBS Chicago–06/27/2012

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

City Council Committee Endorses Mayor’s Pot Ticketing Plan

A City Council panel has given the first stage of approval to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to allow police to issue tickets to people caught with small amounts of marijuana, rather than making arrests in all such cases.

CBS Chicago–06/21/2012

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Burke Concerned About Mayor’s Marijuana Ticketing Plan

The city’s most influential alderman on Monday said he had serious concerns about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

CBS Chicago–06/18/2012

Mayor Emanuel At 'L' Stop

Emanuel Backs Proposal To Lessen Penalties For Small Amounts Of Marijuana

A proposal to lighten the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Chicago has the backing of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

CBS Chicago–06/15/2012

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy (Photo courtesy Steve Miller, WBBM)

McCarthy Open To Changes In Marijuana Policy, But Not Decriminalization

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says he has no problem with treating low-level drug cases differently, but he draws the line at decriminalizing marijuana.

CBS Chicago–10/28/2011