By Anna Lothson
Following initial approval in March, the Oak Park village board gave final approval to a set of policies related to penalties for minors possessing tobacco, attending drinking parties, or having less than 30 grams of cannabis on their person.
The recommendations came from the parent group IMPACT and allows for alternative penalties for minor drug and alcohol offenses. Under the new ordinance, cannabis possession would get teens a ticket instead of being arrested, limiting it to misdemeanor status and keeping it off their record.
The new policy also imposes fines for possessing tobacco, instead of just for purchasing it. The ordinance prohibits hosting, condoning, or failing to take reasonable steps to prevent parties and gatherings that involve underage drinking or illicit drug use.