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Chicago Suburb Begins Gentler Pot Laws

01/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In Chicago Heights, getting caught with an "onion" of pot can get you a ticket. Yes, like a parking ticket.

The far south suburb this week became the latest to adopt an ordinance giving options to cops who find a roach in an ashtray.

In most cases--when the cop doesn't tell you to just throw the stuff in the sewer--officers spend hours on arrests. There's fingerprinting and paperwork, and then the officer has to go to court when you visit the judge.

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