Chicago appears to be joining the ranks of cities across the US that have sought to decriminalize marijuana as a way of reducing costs. Other cities have done so to save money by fining the offenders, instead of arresting, charging, trying, and jailing those convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana. Other cities that have done so, according to ThinkProgress, include Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. This change appears to actually have the potential to prioduce quite a new revenue stream for the citites implementing this change ... one article mentioned the possibility that the proposed $250 fine in Chicago could result in $7 million in revenue per year.
I'm sure the folks at the for-profit prison industry are not happy about this ... may i suggest something i think would make them feel better ?