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Emanuel supports reducing pot penaltyEmanuel, police chief support plan to reduce penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana
CHICAGO (AP) ' Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he supports a plan to allow police to issue tickets to people caught with a small amount of marijuana.
In a statement Friday, Emanuel's office says the mayor will join Alderman Danny Solis to introduce an amended ordinance to the City Council that would cover people caught with up to 15 grams of marijuana.
Emanuel says that would allow the city to observe the law while reducing the staff time needed to arrest and process misdemeanor offenders.
The city saw more than 18,000 arrests for possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis last year. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says that tied up more than 45,000 police hours. McCarthy says moving to a ticket system would cut that number in half.
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