Councilman Jim Kenney Wants to Decriminalize Reefer

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The Inky reports on Councilman Jim Kenney’s proposal to decriminalize marijuana. “He said he was not advocating full legalization, but was taking his cue from District Attorney Seth Williams’ 2010 decision to handle possession cases involving amounts up to 30 grams – just over an ounce – as summary offenses. Rather, his bill would allow officers to issue a summons, similar to a traffic ticket, requiring people caught with a small amount of marijuana to appear in the special program.Kenney said the change would free up 17,000 police hours spent processing people arrested for pot possession.” Kenney, incidentally, might run for mayor in 2015.

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  • Oliver

    Lets just go a few steps further and decriminalize so precious resources aren’t wasted on something less lethal than booze and prescription drugs. Issuing summons? Stupid idea. Ask any cop – traffic tickets suck up loads of their time, court resources, and work hours for defendants who must appear in court. PA will end up being the only state not claiming millions in potential tax dollars for marijuana sales when its decriminalized in every state around us. Instead, we will still be issuing tickets, ruining lives and spending precious resources to prove our Puritan point – pot is the anti-Christ. This is just silly and wasteful antiquated thinking at a time when the state and our poor capitol is in complete financial shambles.

  • Rich-D

    While it is a step in the right direction, I agree with Oliver’s comment that it still wastes police and court resources. Legalize it and tax it!