| Posted on Thu, July, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
When the Philadelphia City Council voted to pass the decriminalization of up to one ounce of marijuana, citizens who smoked thought that they would at least be safe from winding up with an arrest record. But thanks to a cop with a severely poor attitude and lingering issues with racism, Philly is still not a friendly place for stoners to be. The bill passed though the Council but Mayor Michael Nutter opposes it and the Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says that he will continue to arrest those who choose to posses marijuana.
In a failing economy where people really need to be working and producing goods, hindering someone's life for being in possession of a simple plant is ridiculous. Due to a dime bag, a person can be screwed out of a job for the rest of their lives. Councilman Jim Kenney was the one who introduced the bill and with a 26% poverty rate in Philadelphia, Kenney doesn't see the point in arresting people who really aren't doing anything wrong.
A magazine in Philly did a little study and researched the amount of arrests between June 19th of this year and last Friday, which was July 18th. In that time there were 264 arrests and of that number, there were 140 people that were charged with just marijuana possession. That means that they weren't speed, being rowdy, hitting their partner, or causing trouble. They were simply in possession of the plant. The remaining 124 people were charged with additional crimes that included other drugs. Among those remaining arrests, there were also two aggravated assault cases, a handful of gun and prostitution charges, and one litterbug. 200 of the arrests made and charged with cannabis possession were released without bail.
So all of these arrests were basically useless and the only thing they did was tarnish the records of 140 people that didn't have prior offenses and didn't resist arrest at the time that they were charged for the plant. What also remains unknown at this point is the racial breakdown of the arrests. Kenney has previously pointed out in his speeches that about 83% of the people being arrested for marijuana possession in Philly back in 2013 were black. This suggests that there are still some seriously strong racism issues happening in this city and the War on Drugs has definitely not ended here.
What happens next depends. Mayor Nutter will be forced to take action in September, where he will have to veto the bill, sign it, or do nothing, in which case the bill would go in to effect but without the mayor's go-ahead. Even then, it can't be certain as to what will happen since Ramsey still says that he wants to fill up Philadelphia's jails and prisons with completely nonviolent offenders while rapists, murderers, and animal abusers run rampant. Clearly, there are not more important things to worry about then people who want to smoke a plant.