Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Fines, not prison, for pot possession in Chicago

Drug laws might be getting saner in Chicago. After Sergant Tom Donegan wrote a letter calling for fines instead of a misdemeanor arrest for possession of pot, the media and Mayor Daley picked it up and embraced the issue.

Pot ought to be as legal as liquor or nicotine. (And I'd rather have someone using marijuana than drinking on a regular basis). There's no such thing as 'high-driving' like there is drunk driving. Pot doesn't spark domestic violence or bar fights.

This Sun-Times article has a good run-down on the debate. I'm pleasantly surprised that Mayor Daley is open to the concept. I think he's getting more and more progressive.

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