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Eleven cited for pot on first weekend of new ordinance

August 06, 2012|By Mick Swasko | RedEye

This past weekend, Lolla wasn’t the only expensive ticket in town.

Saturday marked the first day citations could be given for possession of small amounts of marijuana under an ordinance passed in June. Eleven people in Chicago were ticketed under the new law Saturday and Sunday, according Chicago Police spokeswoman Melissa Stratton.

The tickets were handed out in eight different police districts in the city, all in public places, according to Stratton.

The tickets, which are typically $250 but can be as much as $500, weren’t handed out at Lollapalooza, however, as the ordinance states possession on any park district property is an offense that warrants an arrest. Stratton said police could not comment on the number of tickets handed out.

"We wouldn’t speculate on something that’s just rolling out," she said.

As for drug-related arrests at Lolla, there were two arrests for cannabis possession inside the park, and six arrests for felony possession of a controlled substance. 

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