The city's new district attorney and the state Supreme Court are moving to all but decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in an effort to unclog Philadelphia's crowded court dockets.
Under a policy to take effect later this month, prosecutors will charge such cases as summary offenses rather than as misdemeanors. People arrested with up to 30 grams of the drug - slightly more than an ounce - may have to pay a fine but face no risk of a criminal record.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Another key reason to end Prohibition - our overcrowded prison system. Philadelphia takes crucial steps towards sanity and government by adults. This useless Drug War funnels enormous profits not only to criminal syndicates, but the prison-industrial complex as well, and our justice system is overwhelmed as a result. We need to devote resources to serious threats, not some college kid or cancer patient with cannabis in their pockets. Good jorb, Philly: