Philly Decriminalizes Weed
On Monday, Philly Mag Reported that the Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter will sign a bill into law that will regulate marijuana possession in the “City of Brotherly Love.”
While the bill lets go of the leash a bit, it still has its penalties for these acts. It states that if an adult or a minor is found with a possession of marijuana shall be fined $25. Yet, Nutter wants it to be tweaked to if found smoking in public will be $100, in which can be waived for a few hours of public service.
The current punishment in Philadelphia for the possession of marijuana is at least $200 fine, where you’ll be assigned to attend drug-abuse courses and be put on your criminal record (mic.com reports).
“I think the agreement ends up putting the city and our citizens in a much better place,” Nutter told CBS News, commenting that signing the bill won’t be the same as allowing marijuana use.
In the past, Nutter was not pleased with the bill. Yet he has come to an agreement with City Councilman Jim Kenney, first sponsored the bill in May, that too many citizens have been slapped with charges for just small amounts of weed.
The bill states that at least 4,000 people arrested each year for just a small possession of marijuana, approximately one ounce.
The bill will likely be signed In the coming when it arrives in Nutter’s office. When signed, Philadelphia will become the largest city to regulate marijuana in the U.S.