01/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Suburb Makes Marijuana A Ticketable Offense

South Suburban city Chicago Heights passed a new ordinance Monday making possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana a ticketable offense, NBC Chicago reports.

City attorney TJ Somer said addressing such offenses as ordinance violations rather than crimes helps "unclog" the criminal justice system while providing extra revenue for the city. That's because the city doesn't have to share revenue from fines with the Cook County Circuit Court system.

Offenders will go through an administrative hearing in city court, according to the new ordinance, and will be responsible for paying whatever fine the ticket holds.