Philadelphia: Cannabis Arrests Drop 78% in One Month After Decriminalization Takes Effect

The Philadelphia Liberty Bell.
The Philadelphia Liberty Bell.

On October 20th, a law decriminalizing the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis became law in Philadelphia. Between October 20th and November 20th, there was just 20 new tickets issued, 14 for possession (a $25 ticket) and 6 for consuming in public (an $100 ticket).

In that same time period, there were 72 arrests for cannabis, though that number is down drastically from the amount of arrests during the same time period in 2013 (320); in total, there was a 78% decline in arrests. These numbers are from the Philadelphia Police Department.

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Philadelphia Mayor Signs Cannabis Decriminalization Bill, Takes Effect October 20th

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law today a proposal whichphilly will decriminalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis within the city, a move that was supported 14 to 2 by the City’s Council.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has agreed to abide by the new law, which will find cannabis decriminalized in Philadelphia, while remaining a criminal charge in the State of Pennsylvania.

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