GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of Galesburg says he will veto an ordinance that would ticket those possessing 2 1/2 grams or less of marijuana.
Mayor Sal Garza tells WGIL radio on Friday that he feels the ordinance isn't strong enough particularly the sanction for youth who are caught. The Galesburg City Council voted 4-3 this week to give police the option of writing tickets instead of facing state charges.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderman Jeremy Karlin, who says there are many resources and options for juveniles.
Garza's veto will be introduced on Aug. 20. It will be discussed in September.
Galesburg Police Captain Rodney Riggs says issuing tickets to people with small quantities of the drug is an option, but couldn't evaluate its benefits until the ordinance was in effect.