Commish: Don’t Tax Booze, Decriminalize Pot

By Zach Christman

Commish:  Don't Tax Booze, Decriminalize Pot

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 Cook County County Commissioner John Fritchey says an across-the-board hike on alcohol taxes can easily be avoided, if the city of Chicago decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana.

Fritchey is one of several local officials pushing a decriminalization ordinance. He wants the city to write tickets for people caught with small amounts of pot, rather than arresting them and sending them to court, only to see the vast majority of those cases dropped.