Crystal Lake Votes Against 'Marijuana Possession' Amendment

CL City Council voted against amendment to allow police to ticket offenders caught with small amounts of marijuana. The council may refer the issue to the new police chief.

If you are caught with less than 30 grams of marijuana in the city of Crystal Lake, your penalty remains an arrest and visit through the local judicial system.

The Crystal Lake City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted against amending its Possession of Cannabis code to allow police officers to issue tickets to offenders holding small amounts of the drug.

In August, most council members appeared to support the staff recommended change - as it promised to eliminate lengthy arrest and processing time police spend on the crimes. The tickets would have carried fines between $500 to $1,000 without the possibility of jail time.

But the council wasn't in agreement regarding the maximum standard to include in the amendment - 30 grams, 15 grams or less. For that reason, council members asked Police Chief David Linder to investigate similar laws in area communities.

Linder's followup report listed of 71 Illinois communities with measurements that varied considerably, from 2.5 to 30 grams. Most local codes capped at 30 grams possession of cannabis, city documents show.

Many municipalities enacted local codes to give police officers more time patroling the streets and less time processing smaller possession crimes. Communities that haven't enacted local codes follow the state laws.

In discussing the matter, council members removed a previous motion made to approve an amendment allowing police to issue tickets to offenders caught with 15 grams or less of marijuana, and then voted down an amendment that would have allowed them to set a different amount.

Some council members said they wanted to refer the issue to the incoming police chief, James Black, who starts in January.

Linder retires at the end of this month.

Currently under Illinois law, possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor offense; possession of more than 30 grams cannabis is a felony. In 2011, Crystal Lake Police made more than 50 arrests for misdemeanor cannabis possession offenses, Linder reported.


Related Crystal Lake-Cary Patch articles:

CL to Revisit Ticking for 'Possession of Marijuana' Issue

CL Considers Marijuana Amendment Allowing Police to Ticket for Possession

CL City Council Tables Vote on Changing 'Possession of Marijuana' Ordinance

c. stephens December 05, 2012 at 04:38 PM
If it is illegal you should pay the price for goodness sake! I don't know why our country is bending it's knees to so many things we once stood against because we knew it was detrimental. I'm thankful our city has stood "with" the "law".
FlyingTooLow December 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
This is pathetic. Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crimes... to those that are REAL crimes. I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense. While I was there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months. After 3 years 'behind the wall,' I pointed this out to the parole board. Their response: “You must understand, yours was a very serious offense.” How do you respond to that mentality? I laughed about the parole panel's comment for 2 more years (as I still sat in prison), then wrote my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank No, it is not a treatise on disproportionate sentences. . I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans pursuing happiness in our own way. Harming no one...nor their property. That’s my contribution to helping point out just how ludicrous our pot laws truly are.
FlyingTooLow December 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Here is one of its reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars... If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.
Kevin_Hunt December 05, 2012 at 11:59 PM
"If it is illegal you should pay the price for goodness sake!" So you think all laws are just and fair? How about alcohol prohibition? Should our great grandparents have all been locked up for drinking a beer? It looks like the Crystal Lake City Council is run by a bunch of Nazis. Our country is full of antiquated laws written by Puritans 100 years ago. Good thing the older voters are dying off every day and being replaced with more sensible younger voters. How about you find some other way to jail more people for victimless crimes? Florida Statute 798.02 "Lewd and lascivious behavior.—If any man and woman, not being married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together ….they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083" The punishment is a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.
John Francis December 11, 2012 at 02:05 AM
A microcosm of retarded American marijuana thought processes. In 100 years, there will be sections in history textbooks dedicated to the anti-marijuana movement that look as silly as sections on witch hunts look today. I bet the gentlemen voting on this measure don't bat an eye when a far more damaging and dangerous substance, alcohol, is shoved down our throats for 12 straight hours during an NFL sunday. Meanwhile, they'll lose no sleep as twenty-somethings have their careers and lives ended over possessing a few grams of a medicinal plant. This is ignorance, re-defined.


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