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  • Police discovered a large field of marijuana on the far south side this week, but didn’t ask us to help get rid of it

Marijuana isn’t legal in Chicago. Police presented the latest evidence of this earlier this week, when they announced plans to destroy $10 million worth of crops discovered in an industrial area on the far south side. The public was not invited to the burning.

But for small-time pot users in nice neighborhoods, police have quietly—and unofficially—been experimenting with decriminalizing marijuana since midsummer.

That’s the net effect of the first six weeks of the city’s new cannabis possession law, which was supposed to encourage police to issue tickets to those caught with 15 grams or less rather than making full arrests.

It hasn’t exactly worked that way.