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File #: 140001-A    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: WITHDRAWN
File created: 1/23/2014 In control: Committee on Law and Government
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Amending Chapter 10-800 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Safety," by providing for ending the existing procedure of mandatory custodial arrests for the crime of Marijuana possession, and by requiring the reporting of the number of arrests and related information with respect to those arrested for Marijuana possession; all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Kenney
Code sections: 10-800 - Safety
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 14000101, As Amended.pdf, 2. Bill No. 140001-A02, As Amended on Floor.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
9/25/20140 CITY COUNCIL WITHDRAWN   Action details Not available
3/20/20141 CITY COUNCIL READ   Action details Not available
3/20/20142 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON FINAL PASSAGE CALENDAR FOR NEXT MEETING.   Action details Not available
3/20/20142 CITY COUNCIL AMENDED   Action details Not available
3/13/20141 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
3/13/20141 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCILPass  Action details Not available
3/13/20141 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK`S SECOND READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
3/10/20140 Committee on Law and Government HEARING NOTICES SENT   Action details Not available
3/10/20140 Committee on Law and Government HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
3/10/20140 Committee on Law and Government AMENDED   Action details Not available
3/10/20141 Committee on Law and Government REPORTED FAVORABLY, RULE SUSPENSION REQUESTED   Action details Not available
1/23/20140 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and ReferredPass  Action details Not available
Title
Amending Chapter 10-800 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Safety," by providing for ending the existing procedure of mandatory custodial arrests for the crime of Marijuana possession, and by requiring the reporting of the number of arrests and related information with respect to those arrested for Marijuana possession; all under certain terms and conditions.

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WHEREAS, The federal government's war on drugs has failed. Otherwise law-abiding adults are being arrested and imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses, which is clogging courts and jails. Each year Pennsylvania spends nearly $350 million of taxpayer money enforcing marijuana laws. Decades of arresting millions of marijuana users nationwide have failed to control marijuana use or reduce its availability. Minorities are disproportionately impacted by marijuana laws, with African Americans five times more likely to be arrested for marijuana offenses than other persons; and

WHEREAS, Although the City of Philadelphia has begun to engage in meaningful marijuana reform, primarily under the leadership of the Philadelphia District Attorney's "Small Amounts of Marijuana" (SAM) program, Philadelphia still has the most punitive arrest policies of any county in Pennsylvania for those in possession of 30 grams of marijuana or less; and

WHEREAS, While neighboring Montgomery County, and many other counties, issue summons and fines for the vast majority of SAM-only violations, the City and County of Philadelphia requires a mandatory arrest in every single case; and

WHEREAS, In 2012 alone, Philadelphia Police spent thousands of hours and substantial public funds on 3,709 separate incidents of physically handcuffing, arresting, and processing adults guilty of possessing marijuana; and

WHEREAS, Of the adults arrested for marijuana possession in 2012, 89 percent, or 3,319 individuals, were African American; and

WHEREAS, If the District Attorney's SAM progr...

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