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Chicago City Council Committee on Thursday approved a proposal by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The proposal is slated for a vote next week by the full City Council to change the marijuana statute in Chicago. The plan includes those caught with a small amount of marijuana to be issued a ticket instead of being arrested by the police. Minors and anyone without proper identification would not be eligible for being ticketed. The mayor believes that the revenue from those being ticketed would help with the budget issues that been facing the city and police officers could also concentrate their efforts on the increase gang shootings that has been plaguing certain neighborhoods. If the full City Council votes to begin decriminalizing marijuana, police could start writing tickets as early as next month. If the vote passes, those caught for possessing minor amounts of marijuana could be ticketed with fines up to $500.

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