Current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Barack Obama's first White House chief of staff, said Friday that he would back a proposal that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. He becomes the latest in a string of politicians, including New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, Rhode Island's Governor Lincoln Chafee, Texas congressional candidate Beto O'Rourke (who just beat eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes heavily on the marijuana legalization platform), Ronald Reagan's former speechwriter and current Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and New York Supreme Court Justice Gustin L. Reichbach, that have recently come out in support of smaller penalties for marijuana use.
The city council will vote later this month on the proposed ordinance, which calls for a mere written violation for possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana. And this does not come without its due diligence. Emanuel had asked the police to do a formal analysis to see if the reform measure would make sense. Apparently, the results were in favor.
We will find out for sure on June 27, when the City Council will most likely vote on the ordinance.