Holding small amounts of pot won't be a crime soon in Chicago. The city's council voted overwhelmingly today to decriminalize possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana. The ordinance supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls for police to issue a written violation rather than make an arrest.
Supporters of the measure say it will save money on law enforcement. Figures from the mayor's office note that each small pot arrest involves four officers and places a burden on the courts and jails. Seattle, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are among other cities with similar policies.