Illinois State Policy Alert

Sent: June 21, 2012
From: Dan Riffle
Topic: Removal of penalties/Decriminalization

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Chicago: Ask your alderman to support marijuana decriminalization

Message: 

As you’ve probably heard, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given his blessing to a plan to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Chicago. Under the ordinance, individuals in possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana could by cited by officers, rather than arrested, and given civil fines of $100-$500.

Not only would this change free up police resources to combat violent crimes and other real threats to public safety, it would mean that marijuana users would no longer be saddled with criminal records.

Please ask your alderman to support this sensible proposal. If you’re not sure who your alderman is, the Chicago City Council website has an easy-to-use application to help you find his/her contact information using your street address. Here’s a page with a sample call script for your phone call. If you’d rather email, but don’t have much time, it also includes a few pre-drafted emails you can copy and paste.

It’s important that you contact your alderman now. Despite broad support, several aldermen, including the most powerful one, have threatened to hold up the proposal. Please, let’s flood city hall with your calls and emails.

Thanks — now get to it!