Nutter: Will Sign Pot Decriminalization Bill, With Tweaks

Smoking in public will result in $100 fine — and that can be erased with community service.

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Mayor Nutter is finally on the decriminalization bandwagon.

The mayor today said he would sign a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot — arriving at a compromise on some details with Councilman Jim Kenney, who sponsored the original bill.

Kenney’s bill would’ve ended arrests for possessing less than an ounce of pot; police instead would’ve written up a $25 ticket to the possessor, and could’ve destroyed the pot on the spot. The mayor’s tweak adds a $100 fine for smoking in public — which can be waived with several hours of public service.

KYW Newsradio reports:

“We’ve gotten to a place where it is out of the criminal realm,” Kenney said today. “There’s no more handcuffs, no more bookings, no more criminal record. Police will not have to leave their posts and go to the station house to deal with this. People will pay a fine based on the offense: $25 for the possession of anything under an ounce.”

“So I think the agreement ends up putting the city and our citizens in a much better place,” Nutter said, adding that decriminalizing pot possession is not the same as condoning marijuana use.

“It’s not. This is about how we deal with penalties in that regard. And there will be penalties. There’s a consequence to people violating the law,” Nutter said.

The bill will be amended Thursday by council, get a final vote two weeks later, then be sent to the mayor for his signature.

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  • mike

    Almost there

  • Robert

    I see that this was posted at 4:20. :-)

  • I guess it’s a step in the right direction. I’m not a marijuana user, but want to see Philadelphia legalize it already. Our schools need the money desperately.

    • Stexe

      Completely agree. I don’t smoke either, but I think it is much less harmful than alcohol abuse which runs rampant. And yes, our school systems need it horribly. Wish they’d just legalize it and tax it and give the money to schools!

      • A Freedom Fighter

        Great idea!

  • familyguy

    Glad to see more acceptance on this issue. The rest of the country needs to follow these examples. I am for full legalization, I think there is more revenue for the cities and government in general but as others have mentioned a step in the right direction. Make things happen go vote its your only voice.

  • Byron C Mayes

    This is a good move! While I personally choose not to smoke (anything: pot, tobacco, cloves), it really doesn’t belong in the criminal realm. And frankly, the fact that it’s a criminal offense is what makes it cost so much and increases the occurrence of other “drug-related” crimes. Now let’s move on the other stuff, too.

  • Little Liberal Larry

    There’s a consequence to people violating the law,”


  • A Freedom Fighter

    In 41 years of cannabis consumption I can never recall a case where anyone I knew ran heck bent into trouble while intoxicated on marijuana. Forgot something, lost something, missed appointment, these are the losses I see from cannabis use.

    Drinking alcohol is another case entirely where I could tell stories all day of bad drunken behavior, auto accidents, lost friends, and addiction.

    Clearly if there is a gateway drug to bad and risky social behavior it is alcohol with its powerful ability to lower and remove human inhibitions.

    Legalize It Already!

    • Marty McNugget

      Excessive hunger. Forgot about that one.

    • Robert Jordan

      excessive good vibrations, another

  • Robert Jordan

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK (CBD = Can’t Be Done), sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever