Philadelphia City Council Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

A Philadelphia¬†measure to decriminalize cannabis possession, introduced by Councilmember Jim Kenneyjilly-bean-medical-marijuana-weed-strain-thcf-jillybeanweed, has been approved by the full Council with a 13 to 3 vote, and now awaits consideration by the city’s mayor, who has until September to either sign the bill into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature.

Under the proposed law, the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis would become a simple $25 fine. According to Councilmember Kenney, the proposal would save the city millions of dollars in reduced enforcement and court costs, and it would spare thousands of individuals from having a life-altering arrest over the personal possession of a natural, nonlethal substance. Kenney notes that in 2012, there were over 4,000 arrests for simple cannabis possession, more than some states.

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Philadelphia Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis Passes Council Committee

A key committee of the Philadelphia City Council has given approval to a bill which would decriminalize the possessionphillu of up to 30 grams of cannabis.

The measure, introduced by Councilmember Jim Kenney and approved by the Law and Government Committee, would make the possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis a simple $25 ticket, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor as it currently stands.

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