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If marijuana has been decriminalized her in Chicago, why am I still getting tickets for it?

I have been under the influence that marijuana was decriminalized in Chicago, the city in which I have residency. Since the decriminalizing of marijuana in this city, I have received 3 separate tickets for possession of marijuana. If marijuana is not illegal here, why am I being ticket for it, and do I have to pay the fines?

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    Melissa Smejkal | Law Office of Melissa Smejkal
    1328 W 18th Street
    Chicago, IL 60608
    (312) 968-2479
    Marijuana is illegal. The only thing that changed is the police have the option of giving a ticket instead of arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 4/8/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    I live in Chicago area, and decriminalizing of marijuana is not entirely correct. ?It is up to the officer who apprehends you whether to issue you a city ordinance violation, punishable by a fine only, or to arrest you and charge you with a misdemeanor (State) charge of possession of marijuana. ?Sounds to me like you have lucked out, as you only got ordinance violations. ?Your good luck may run out one of these days if the officer who sees you with marijuana arrests you under the state's criminal statute.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 4/8/2013
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