Philadelphia Decriminalizes Marijuana
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Philadelphia Decriminalizes Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on October 02, 2014 at 10:38:44 PT
By Hunter Schwarz
Source: Washington Post
Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) signed an ordinance Wednesday decriminalizing the possession and use of up to 30 grams of marijuana.“I do not condone marijuana use, it is illegal,” Nutter said in a statement. “But the punishment needs to be proportionate to the crime, and these are common sense changes that will have a positive impact on many Philadelphians.”
Under the measure, non-violent offenders will no longer be arrested, and fines will be set at $25 for possession and $100 or up to nine hours of public service for public use, effective Oct. 20.Individuals can still be arrested, however, for possessing more than 30 grams, distributing, driving under the influence, or failing to provide accurate information if stopped by an officer. The city also noted that under state and federal law, other law enforcement agencies could still arrest residents for marijuana possession and use.The city will also begin a public service campaign about the new penalties and addiction treatment services, “to educate residents about the impact and consequences of marijuana use and how they can get help to overcome the habit,” Nutter said.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author:  Hunter Schwarz Published: October 2, 2014Copyright: 2014 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on October 03, 2014 at 04:49:24 PT
I think a lot like you do. 
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Comment #3 posted by Vincent on October 03, 2014 at 04:26:37 PT:
This is a perfect example of why I didn't register as a Democrat. They are too timid in some ways, and too beholden to special interests in other ways. I am a Socialist, and PROUD of it. That means that I want the rich people to pay their fair share in taxes, a living wage, tenants rights, etc etc.I also have a strong Libertarian streak regarding social issues. Democrats are, in my opinion, foolish to fight against tobacco companies, oil companies, coal companies and gun owners. If they gave up those battles, it would make them much more competitive. If they wanna pick an enemy, they need to attack the "Vulture" Capitalists. That way, since the Romneys of the World are fewer in number, and the poor and middle classes are larger in number, they could win every time.I'm sorry to say, but I couldn't give a damn about the rich, and neither do most folks. It's a win-win situation!
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 02, 2014 at 19:41:30 PT
I agree!
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Comment #1 posted by Vincent on October 02, 2014 at 12:13:26 PT:
Why it took so long!
The Mayor of Philadelphia FINALLY signed the decriminalization law. It is obvious why he took so long...for one thing, he would've been happier if he wasn't put on the spot. As a Democrat, he faces a tough election year because all of the racists, bible-bangers, bigots and prohibitionists are out in force at the voting booth. He is so afraid of losing some "conservative" voters, as all Democrats do.News Flash...Mr. Nutter, as a Democrat, you aren't gonna get ANY so-called "conservative" votes. Those people hate and all that you stand for. On the other hand, we Liberated folks DO support your agenda. So, why aren't you afraid of losing OUR votes?Like the old saying goes..."dance with the one that brung you"
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