In June 2012, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced support to decriminalize small quantities of marijuana... sort of. Marijuana possession would still be illegal, but could be fined on the spot to more quickly raise city revenues. Here are another 10 ways for the city to turn ganja into green:
10.) Legalize pot growing in Chicago Forest Preserves. Then privatize.
9.) Use Red Light cameras to catch when stoners blaze up
8.) Double fines for users caught with munchies in urban “food deserts”
7.) As tourism stunt, move eternal
flame from Daley Plaza to Pioneer Court and
5.) Establish a sister-city pact with Tijuana, Mexico, and levy a high surcharge
4.) Have Cultural Affairs Dept. sponsor summer-long Phish festival in Grant Park.
3.) Establish “Space Cake Tuesdays” at all neighborhood farmer markets
2.) Celebrate Bob Marley’s Feb. 6 birthday as a marijuana ticket amnesty day
1.) Name Bulls forward Joaquin Noah grand marshal of annual Michigan
– by Jeff Burdick (June 2012)
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