Philadelphia Council Committee Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

Philadelphia’s City Council Law and Government Committee gave unanimous approval today to a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis (one ounce),newsone.com reducing the charge from an arrestable misdemeanor, to a simple ticket.

There are 4,200 arrests each year in Philadelphia for cannabis possession, something which takes up over 17,000 police hours, according to Councilmember James F. Kenney, the primary sponsor of the measure.

“To me, it makes no sense”, he says.

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