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(Chicago Trib)   Chicago will start its new policy of ticketing pot smokers instead of arresting them today, just in time for Lollapalooza to kick off. Organizers were happy to learn of the start date, as otherwise it would resulted in an 80% loss of attendees   (chicagotribune.com ) divider line
    More: PSA, Lollapalooza, Chicago, Chicago Police Department, first dates, Pitchfork Music Festival, neighborhood parks, NORML  
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2012-08-03 09:42:44 AM  
yeah cause the law will stop people for lighting up. Have you been to a concert lately?!
 
2012-08-03 12:38:25 PM  
A bunch of my friends are going and flew to Chicago this morning. I couldn't make it. Bastards.

/only a couple of them smoke
//though the rest may given the occasion
 
2012-08-03 12:55:15 PM  
Haven't they been doing this forever? Wasn't there a High Times rally or convention or some such thing years back where the cops said, essentially, "we're not going to bother with the paperwork of arresting everyone... we'll just issue tickets."
 
2012-08-03 01:05:39 PM  
Lollapalooza?

What year is this?
 
2012-08-03 01:19:18 PM  
A ticket is still tyranny.
 
2012-08-03 01:21:32 PM  
Welcome to Obama's Chimerica!
 
2012-08-03 01:21:49 PM  
Oh, please. People would rock the ganj @ Lolla whether it was legal or not.
 
2012-08-03 01:21:53 PM  
It's not about enforcement, it's about containment. And making money off of that containment.
 
2012-08-03 01:28:24 PM  

ThreeEdgedSword: It's not about enforcement, it's about containment. And making money off of that containment.


The police are finally learning. Why spend money to incarcerate someone for drug possession when you could just make money off of them?
 
2012-08-03 01:31:53 PM  
That concert is still around? Went to a few back in the day. Off my lawn!!!
 
2012-08-03 01:33:01 PM  
OK, I'll ask it. What's the fine? Is it just a ticket or does it show up on your long term record?
 
2012-08-03 01:34:48 PM  

sigdiamond2000: What year is this?


I'm hoping it's around 92. And this time I'm totally hooking up with Illana.
 
2012-08-03 01:39:29 PM  
Lots of cops available to write pot tickets. The Chicago police have so much free time since the farrakhan thugs moved in to cleanup the streets. Is obamas hometown still the number 1 murder city in America?
 
2012-08-03 01:45:58 PM  
It's way more easier to write a shiat-ton of tickets than it is to make a shiat-ton of arrests. Something tells me there's gonna be a lot of tickets written at Lolla.
 
2012-08-03 01:51:29 PM  

germ78: It's way more easier to write a shiat-ton of tickets than it is to make a shiat-ton of arrests. Something tells me there's gonna be a lot of tickets written at Lolla.


payola-palooza.
The cops gotta get paid, son.
 
2012-08-03 01:53:07 PM  

germ78: It's way more easier to write a shiat-ton of tickets than it is to make a shiat-ton of arrests. Something tells me there's gonna be a lot of tickets written at Lolla.


Great. How much is the ticket? It could be a lot more profitable for the po-lice since once you write the ticket they're pretty much out of the picture. On the other hand, it might make for less very low risk OT as well.

You're right. There will likely be a metric shiat-ton of tickets written right off the mark, but that will drop off as time goes on.
 
2012-08-03 01:54:11 PM  
Oof! Looks like the ticket will be $250 - $500. That's a heck of a ticket.
 
2012-08-03 01:57:28 PM  
Simple possession here in VA is a release on a summons offense...I figured it was like that everywhere.
 
2012-08-03 02:27:42 PM  

fireclown: Oof! Looks like the ticket will be $250 - $500. That's a heck of a ticket.


But enough about the Lollapalooza admission price....
 
2012-08-03 02:41:34 PM  
A for effort, D+ for wit.
 
2012-08-03 03:37:58 PM  
Police are mum about whether they'll be more strictly enforcing the city's marijuana law come Saturday. Department spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said there is no special order not to bust those at Lollapalooza.
Bullshiat it will be a cash grab for the city
 
2012-08-03 03:43:01 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Police are mum about whether they'll be more strictly enforcing the city's marijuana law come Saturday. Department spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said there is no special order not to bust those at Lollapalooza.
Bullshiat it will be a cash grab for the city


Almost as bad as King Richard II selling off the street parking to a private company a couple of years ago. Farking bullshiat when some street parking went pay meter 24/7/365.
 
2012-08-03 03:51:24 PM  

Eatin' Queer Fetuses for Jesus: A ticket is still tyranny.


Grow up.
 
2012-08-03 03:56:14 PM  

Eatin' Queer Fetuses for Jesus: A ticket is still tyranny.


Some people like pot just a little too much.

/Calm down
 
2012-08-03 05:10:12 PM  

fireclown: OK, I'll ask it. What's the fine? Is it just a ticket or does it show up on your long term record?


First, CSB:

Was tailgating at US Cellular before the World Series in 2005. You can legally drink booze in the parking lot, natch. Had 1/4 a beer left. Figured, what the heck... games starting, I'll slam it on the way out and find a trash can.

I wasn't the only one.

Well, they had two un-uniformed police officers sitting there picking us off like a speed trap for public drinking.

It was just for the money. They weren't going to arrest anyone, and I just had to pay a $150 fine a week later.

Now... to your question, I don't think it stuck on my record at all. I think there was some deal where you just pay the cash and you're cool.
 
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