Posts tagged "marijuana"

Do new marijuana legalization laws only benefit white people?

Do new marijuana legalization laws only benefit white people?
David Simon, the creator of HBO series “The Wire,” raised some eyebrows last month when he declared that the widely applauded marijuana legalization measures in states like Colorado and Washington were only going to help “white, middle-class” youth avoid going to jail for drug use. Simon’s award-winning series  focused at times on the illegal drug... Read more »

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to discourage standard-of-living crimes like drinking, public urination and illegal gambling by doubling the fines and threatening to throw into jail for six months anyone who has skipped out on a hearing and then missed their court date. The move might be able to cut down on the crimes themselves, but... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Chicagoland foreclosures spike; public grumbing over River Point TIF; Quinn says pension costs could surpass state's education spending

Chicago-area foreclosures in July were 37 per cent higher than they were a year ago. Citing RealtyTrac data released Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that 11,885 homes in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties were in some stage of foreclosure last month: 5,374 entered the foreclosure process; 3,274 were scheduled for a... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »

New York could learn a thing or two from Chicago's pot ordinance: Ald. Burke

New York could learn a thing or two from Chicago's pot ordinance: Ald. Burke
Fourteenth Ward Ald. Ed Burke commended the Second City today for being a leader when it comes to marijuana reform–despite the fact that it just passed an ordinance similar to ones that have been on the books in other towns and states for decades. Nonetheless, Burke noted that New York City and state could learn... Read more »

What's up this week: Council to consider pot ordinance; public meetings on future of Fisk, Crawford sites

What's up this week: Council to consider pot ordinance; public meetings on future of Fisk, Crawford sites
The city council will decide on Wednesday whether to OK an ordinance that would allow police officers to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana, rather than arrest them. Under the ordinance–originally introduced last year by 25th Ward Ald. Danny Solis and recently backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel–people 18 and over caught with 15... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Pension reform punted ... again; city pot ordinance moves to council vote; state prison closures

Gov. Quinn’s proposed pension reforms have hit a roadblock as legislators continue to argue over a proposed plan by Senate Democracts to shift pension costs from the state to suburban and downstate school districts. Republicans argue this would cause a rise in property taxes, something they are steadfastly against. Only days ago, a report by... Read more »

African-American aldermen critique fines in new pot ordinance before sending it to full council vote

African-American aldermen critique fines in new pot ordinance before sending it to full council vote
A handful of African American alderman spoke out today against what they called extremely high fines in a proposal that would swap arrests and possible jail time for citations in cases of low-level marijuana offenses. The city’s public safety committee advanced the ordinance by a vote of 13-1. And shortly after some spirited testimony and... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Obama halts deportations; Rahm backs decriminalizing small amounts of pot; CTU vote means hot summer ahead; Cook to boost set-asides

President Obama bypassed Congress Friday and announced the U.S. will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who are currently under 30 years old, who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and have lived here at least five years. To be eligible, they also can’t have a criminal record, have earned a high school diploma or... Read more »
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Tweaks to Cook County drug law swap jail time for fines

Tweaks to Cook County drug law swap jail time for fines
Some proposed tweaks to a Cook County drug law not only replaces jail time with fines for minor offenses, but furthers Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s drive to change how low-level offenders are charged. The amendment, introduced at Tuesday’s board meeting, would replace arrests and possible jail time with fines spanning $200-$500 for a... Read more »