by David Downs
The Windy City's always been something of a conundrum to us. Highly metropolitan, Chicago bars stay open until 4 a.m. each night, enabling some pretty debaucherous behavior. But the third-largest city in the U.S. is still in the midwest, so, say you smoke just a little grass? "Scumbag! Degenerate! Arrest this man!"
The tide appears to be turning, apparently. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition just emailed us to say that: "The Chicago City Council just voted 43-2 to decriminalize possession of marijuana."
Props to Chicago for getting with the times, although tickets will still be $250 for under ten grams of weed. Ouch town. The expected revenue from police preying on stoners should total about $7 million each year, NPR notes.