8:06 am
Wed January 16, 2013

DeKalb Lowers Fine for Pot Possession

The DeKalb City Council has trimmed the fine for marijuana possession. If a person is caught with less than one-tenth of an ounce of the drug, they can choose to mail-in a $350 fine instead of going to court.

Credit city of DeKalb

Alderman Tom Teresinski says that process can be costly:

DeKalb Alderman Tom Teresinski talks about the city council's decision to lower the fine for pot possession

He adds that officers have the option to impose stricter penalties for repeat offenders. A guilty verdict in court would cost $750. Last summer, Chicago aldermen voted to impose lower fines for pot possession instead of arresting offenders.