Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl thinks anyone caught with 10 grams or less of pot does not intend to sell it, and so should only be ticketed and fined — not jailed.
She recently asked the city’s legal department to draft an ordinance that lightens the penalty for anyone possessing small amounts of marijuana. Tisdahl said she wants to keep a young person’s criminal record from hindering employment.
A city committee will study the proposed ordinance once staff drafts it, Tisdahl said.
“I do not want young people in Evanston who do not have access to high-powered attorneys to have arrest records for possessing less than 10 grams,” Tisdahl said in an email. “I want them to have jobs. A ticket and a fine will suffice.”