Look at All That Marijuana Money!!!
You aren't going to see much coverage of this in the Chicago media - it might embarrass Rahm and Garry:
- Since the city of Chicago implemented its new marijuana ticketing law early last August, it has reportedly issued nearly 400 citations and netted nearly $98,000 worth of fines for low-level possession of the drug citywide.
According to RedEye, 380 citations, which come with a fine ranging from $250 to $500, for marijuana possession up to 15 grams were issued between Aug. 4 and Dec. 25. August was the month during which the most tickets were issued.
Wow. 380 ANOV's (Administrative Notice Of Violation for you non-police readers). That's almost 3 tickets a day!
- Of the 380 cases, administrative law judges found 138 of those accused were liable, meaning they violated the ordinance. Nearly all with the exception of two were slapped with a $250 fine.
People failed to show up for 128 cases and all but three were hit with the maximum $500 fine.
The city’s attorney decided not to proceed with 32 cases, and 55 others are pending.
Hearing officers dismissed 27 cases, finding them not responsible for the violation.
All that for $98,000. And for all you budget geeks keeping track:
- Danny Solis in November 2011, Solis said the city would stand to gain as much as $7 million in additional annual revenue from marijuana citations capped at the possession of 10 grams. Though the marijuana ticketing law ultimately approved last summer actually increased the maximum amount of cannabis that one could be ticketed, rather than arrested for, from 10 to 15 grams, the city is still lagging far behind Solis' estimated revenue boost.
Once the 2012 citation figures are extrapolated, the city is only on track to take in about 3 percent of Solis' $7 million figure in the law's first year.
Oops. Someone call Rahm's number crunchers - we think we just found another $6 million hole in his budget.
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