Decriminalize Marijuana in Chicago
  • Petitioned Alderman Anthony Beale

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Alderman Anthony Beale
Alderman John Pope
Alderman William Burns
Alderman Michael Chandler
Alderman Marty Quinn
Alderman Sandi Jackson
Alderman Lona Lane
Alderman Ricardo Munoz
Alderman Deborah Graham
Alderman Leslie Hairston
Alderman Roderick Sawyer
Alderman Michelle Harris
Alderman James Balcer
Alderman Ed Burke
Alderman Latasha Thomas
Alderman Matthew O’Shea
Alderman Willie Cochran
Alderman Michael Zalewski
Alderman Daniel Solis
Alderman Roberto Maldonado
Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.
Alderman Ray Suarez
Alderman Richard F. Mell
Alderman Carrie Austin
Alderman Nicholas Sposato
Alderman Emma Mitts
Alderman Mary O’Connor
Alderman Brendan Reilly
Alderman Michele Smith
Alderman John Arena
Alderman James Cappleman
Alderman Ameya Pawar
Alderman Harry Osterman
Alderman Joseph A. Moore
Alderman Debra Silverstein
Alderman Joe Moreno
Alderman Robert Fioretti
Alderman Pat Dowell
Alderman George A. Cardenas
Alderman Toni Foulkes
Alderman JoAnn Thompson
Alderman Howard Brookins Jr.
Alderman Ariel E. Reboyras
Alderman Scott Waguespack
Alderman Rey Colón
Alderman Timothy M. Cullerton
Alderman Margaret Laurino
Alderman Patrick J. O'Connor
Alderman Thomas M. Tunney
Chicago City Council
Alderman Jason Ervin

Decriminalize Marijuana in Chicago

    1. Petition by

      Jim Gierach, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

June 2012


On June 27, the Chicago City Council voted 43-3 to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city. More than 2,000 Chicago residents signed this petition in support of the measure which petition creator Jim Gierach, a former Cook County prosecutor, says will greatly free up police resources to focus on Chicago's rising violent crime problem. 


On Wednesday, the Chicago City Council is set to vote on a proposal that would decriminalize marijuana possession in the city. As a former Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County, I know that marijuana laws waste valuable police resources that could be spent fighting violent crime. Just this year, more than 228 people were killed by guns in Chicago - that's almost double the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan in the same time period. 

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that last year, the current marijuana laws "tied up more than 45,000 police hours," and that "The new ordinance nearly cuts that time in half, which equals an approximate $1 million in savings, while freeing up cops to address more serious crime."

The proposal would allow officers to issue a $250 ticket to someone suspected of carrying 10 grams or less of marijuana, rather than spending hours off the streets to haul someone to jail on a misdemeanor charge. It is supported by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

As a Chicago citizen, your City Council members need to hear from you that Chicago police need to be focused right now on reducing violent crime and not marijuana possession.

Please sign this petition to let them know you support this sensible proposal.  

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nina Valentin CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Take care of the violent crimes!!!!! I would also like time spent on those speeding. You know where all the gangbangers are at go get them. If your still going to stop people who you think are carrying 10 grams or less, your still wasting time and resources.

    • Brandon Turner CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Marijuana has had less than a 8% rating on harmful and deadly accidents in America for years, unlike it's evil twin.....alcohol, which it is often compared to, which causes hundreds to thousands of intoxication related incidents and deaths each year. Referring to it as incident and not a accident is to imply that we All know the affects of drinking, which are almost always negative. Also unlike alcohol marijuana has never been proven to cause any health issues. 70% or more americans are known to be using or was previously using marijuana on a regular basis, obviously it's better for you than any other intoxicating substance including alcohol and perscription pills! If it weren't 70% of Americans would be bums, Yet they are legal and marijuana is not; From a political standpoint the original letter to the mayor of Chicago pretty much sumed that up, I see it the same way.

    • jennifer santiago CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I have chrones disease and it helps me eat this city should be focused on the killing of children going on..

    • melvin pimentel CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      It has always been a waste of police work to arrest someone for less then an ounce

    • Alexandra Mustafa CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop wasting tax-payer money on something that has never endangered anyone ... alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana.


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