WBEZ | Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-consortium-drug-policy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Listeners discuss the highs and lows of marijuana laws http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-03/listeners-discuss-highs-and-lows-marijuana-laws-93718 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-03/68481352_24a8657d88_m.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An ordinance introduced by Ald. Danny Solis at Wednesday’s <a href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/about_city_council.php" target="_blank">City Council</a> meeting proposed the decriminalization of small amounts marijuana. Under the proposal, people caught with 10 grams or less of the green stuff would not be arrested but would get a ticket for $200. <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/mayor.html" target="_blank">Mayor Emanuel</a> did not back the ordinance but said he will ask the <a href="http://www.chicagopolice.org/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago Police Department</a> to look at it further. When it comes to pot, there are many different issues at play: Is it a criminal matter? A public health issue? Should Chicago decriminalize or even legalize marijuana?</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked listeners to share their thoughts: The number to call is <strong>312-923-9239</strong>, e-mail the show at <a href="mailto:848@wbez.org">848@wbez.org</a> or tweet <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/848" target="_blank">@848</a>.</p><p>To help weigh the risks and rewards, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by Stephanie Schmitz, the research project manager for the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs at <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/" target="_blank">Roosevelt University</a> and the associate director of the <a href="http://www.illinoisdrugpolicy.org/" target="_blank">Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy</a> at Roosevelt University.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-03/listeners-discuss-highs-and-lows-marijuana-laws-93718