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Philadelphia City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

If signed into law, the bill would allow Philadelphia police to issue $25 tickets for possession of up to an ounce of weed.

By Dan McQuade | JUNE 19, 2014

[Original: 2:36 p.m.] You can breathe a little easier today, stoners, and not just because you probably are into vaping now. Philadelphia City Council voted today to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of weed. Even the heaviest stoners rarely buy more than an ounce at a time, so this bill is good news for Philadelphia potheads from the casual smoker to the wake-and-bake stoner.

The bill was first introduced by Councilman Jim Kenney in May. Under Kenney's bill, Philadelphians caught with up to an ounce (30 grams) of marijuana would not be arrested. After they paid a $25 fine, they'd have the charge expunged from their record. (Presumably, their weed would also be confiscated.) Since June 2010, Philadelphia has treated possession of up to an ounce of weed as a summary offense punishable with a $200 fine and a three-hour class on drug abuse.

"After discussions with Philadelphia’s criminal justice stakeholders, my requests to end mandatory custodial arrests — i.e. handcuffs and a night in jail — were deemed an 'administrative burden' on our courts and police,” Kenney told NBC10.com in May. “Public officials shouldn’t be worried about ‘administrative burdens’ when our inaction is senselessly burdening over 4,000 people with life-changing criminal records each year.”

Two Republican members of City Council, Dennis O’Brien and David Oh, spoke out against the bill. O'Brien suggested the law could eventually lead to “assaults on police officers.”


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"decriminalized?" ?

To borrow from Inigo Montoya , "...you keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means."

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

it should be by medical prescription.

i really think its wise to consult a doctor before using something that can make you lazy, hungry and kill your brain cells. People should not go to prison for holding it. so hopefully the ticket for possession will discourage people from using something that can hurt their potential without ruining their life.

Kills brain cells or actually

Kills brain cells or actually protects and repairs brain cells?

Kills them

medically proven and why do you think not many users of the drug are in good positions at work or run good businesses, because it gets rid of their brain cells and makes them lazy and often turn to harder drugs. Most credible doctors will tell you this.

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Now that you have been educated on the topic,

will you stop spreading those lies about this cure for cancer? This is a test of your character.

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neuroprotective & neurogenesis

alcohol kills brain cells (unless you use with cannabis as a neuroprotective)..cheers http://norml.org/component/zoo/category/cannabis-and-the-bra...

I beleive the same with alchol

it should be medical since you can't ban it.

Hey doc, can you write me a

Hey doc, can you write me a script for some schlitz, thanks

US Gov patented CBD as a neuroprotectant

Medical schools continue to omit the endocannabinoid system from their curricula. As such, few doctors really know as much about an herbal medicine like cannabis as most would believe, though surprisingly many doctors are open to its use as a medicine (www.cbsnews.com/news/survey-76-percent-of-doctors-approve-of...).


I can smell the brush fires of freedom burning, and it smells skunky.

What changed?

For literally decades there has been absolutely no progress on turning back the War on Drugs, and now in a couple of years we are seeing some real changes for the better. Why now?

Because the socialists want to get their foot in the door...

...and keep it under their control before the younger generation legalizes it completely anyways.

I'm ALL FOR legalization. But I'm not too big on the regulations, taxes, etc... The laws in WA state for example, are better than outright prohibition, but are not nearly good enough. CO, which is much better, still has too much regulation.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

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The Grand Illusion is being seen through

It may have something to do with that dust cloud that our solar system is making its way through, increasing our energy. The 25,900 year cycle, as was described in David Wilcox's "Source Field Investigations", which had some excellent material on the pineal gland, as well as the original surfaces of the pyramids, which had a lot of writing now lost to time because they took that limestone and made buildings out of it.

Perhaps it warned us of tyranny, that'd be some tragi-cosmi-comedy (yes, I love Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers).

Perhaps also it has to do with the 2008 "Hey look at us! We're the Fed!" operations.

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My Brother Says It Will Be Legal In 40+ States Within 10 Years

I never thought I'd live to see the day.

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The drug warriors are LOSING!

Kudos to all you folks from NORML who have been persisting for almost half a century on this issue, with almost ZERO results for a very long time. Your time has come!

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