Confirmed victory

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.  

Letter to
Alderman Jason Ervin
Alderman Robert Fioretti
Alderman Joe Moreno
and 48 others
Alderman Debra Silverstein
Alderman Joseph A. Moore
Alderman Harry Osterman
Alderman Ameya Pawar
Alderman James Cappleman
Alderman John Arena
Alderman Michele Smith
Alderman Brendan Reilly
Alderman Pat Dowell
Alderman George A. Cardenas
Alderman Toni Foulkes
Chicago City Council
Alderman Thomas M. Tunney
Alderman Patrick J. O'Connor
Alderman Margaret Laurino
Alderman Timothy M. Cullerton
Alderman Rey Colón
Alderman Scott Waguespack
Alderman Ariel E. Reboyras
Alderman Howard Brookins Jr.
Alderman JoAnn Thompson
Alderman Mary O’Connor
Alderman Emma Mitts
Alderman Nicholas Sposato
Alderman Roderick Sawyer
Alderman Leslie Hairston
Alderman Deborah Graham
Alderman Ricardo Munoz
Alderman Lona Lane
Alderman Sandi Jackson
Alderman Marty Quinn
Alderman Michael Chandler
Alderman William Burns
Alderman John Pope
Alderman Michelle Harris
Alderman James Balcer
Alderman Ed Burke
Alderman Carrie Austin
Alderman Richard F. Mell
Alderman Ray Suarez
Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.
Alderman Roberto Maldonado
Alderman Daniel Solis
Alderman Michael Zalewski
Alderman Willie Cochran
Alderman Matthew O’Shea
Alderman Latasha Thomas
Alderman Anthony Beale
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Chicago City Council.

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As a Chicago resident, I'm writing to ask that you support the proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Chicago.

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."

Evanston, Aurora, Skokie, Sugar Grove, Yorkville and Carpentersville already have laws in place allowing officers to ticket suspects carrying small amounts of marijuana.

Decriminalizing marijuana would free up police resources, tax dollars, and prevent young people from criminal records that could hurt their chances at getting into college or finding a job.

Thank you.

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Sincerely,