Peoria pushes for local pot ordinance – Proposed to keep drug dealers and black gang members on the streets
PEORIA — The Peoria City Council will consider handling the possession of small amounts of marijuana as a violation of a city ordinance rather than a state misdemeanor crime.
Council members will vote Tuesday on the change. It would make the violation punishable with a ticket to be paid within 14 days and without the offender going to court.
Officials say the move would help keep small scale marijuana cases out of the criminal justice system and potentially steer extra revenue to the city, the (Peoria) Journal Star reports.
If the proposal is passed, anyone caught with less than 2.5 grams of marijuana would be issued a $500 to $600 fine. More than 2.5 grams would lead to a $600 to $750 fine. Possession of drug paraphernalia would be a $750 fine.
A Peoria man found himself arrested along with the three men who robbed him Tuesday night after he allegedly told police the trio stole the marijuana he had just bought.
Jermaine D. Mitchell, 21, of 4417 W. Rockwell Drive called police about 9:40 p.m. to report he had been robbed at gunpoint in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located in the 200 block of South MacArthur Highway.
Mitchell told officers the robbers stole his money, $48, and the nearly 40 grams of marijuana he just bought, police reports stated.
Police located three men matching the description of the suspects in the 1500 block of West Kettelle Street. Mitchell later identified all of them as the men who robbed him.
Arrested on charges of armed robbery were Patrick J. Duncan, 21, of 804 W. Meadows Place; Ryan S. Roberts, 19, of 311 Saratoga St.; and Tavier L. Williams, 19, of 2412 W. Wiswall St. Duncan also faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, not having a valid firearm owner’s ID card and possessing more than 30 grams of marijuana. Williams also faces a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Police also arrested Mitchell on a charge of possessing more than 30 grams of marijuana for admitting to having the drug.