Council Will Take Final Shot at Pot Decriminalization

But the bill is opposed by Mayor Nutter.

Councilman Jim Kenney says he’ll try on Thursday to get a vote on his bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

The bill would make possession of an ounce or less of pot a simple code violation, punishable only by a 25-dollar fine. Police would issue tickets, arrests would never be made, and the whole matter would stay out of the court system.

Mayor Nutter opposes the bill. His representatives say officers might not be able to accurately judge an ounce of marijuana. “They just clearly don’t want to do it,” Kenney says. “And I don’t understand why.”

Council meets at 10 am Thursday. (CBS Local)