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File #: 140377-A    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: ENACTED
File created: 5/1/2014 In control: Committee on Law and Government
On agenda: Final action: 9/18/2014
Title: Amending Title 10 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Regulation of Individual Conduct and Activity," by adding a new Chapter 10-2100, entitled "Marijuana Possession," to create a civil penalty for the possession of certain items and to provide for penalties and enforcement procedures for violations of such provisions, all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Kenney
Indexes: MARIJUANA POSSESSION
Code sections: 10-2100 - Marijuana Possession, Title 10 - REGULATION OF INDIVIDUAL CONDUCT AND ACTIVITY
Attachments: 1. CertifiedCopy140377-A02.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsVideo
10/1/20142 MAYOR SIGNED  Action details Not available
9/18/20142 CITY COUNCIL PASSEDPass Action details Not available
9/11/20141 CITY COUNCIL RECONSIDERED  Action details Not available
9/11/20141 CITY COUNCIL READ  Action details Not available
9/11/20142 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON FINAL PASSAGE CALENDAR FOR NEXT MEETING.  Action details Not available
9/11/20142 CITY COUNCIL AMENDED  Action details Not available
6/19/20141 CITY COUNCIL PASSEDPass Action details Not available
6/12/20141 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDAR  Action details Not available
6/12/20141 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCILPass Action details Not available
6/12/20141 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK`S SECOND READING CALENDAR  Action details Not available
6/9/20140 Committee on Law and Government HEARING NOTICES SENT  Action details Not available
6/9/20140 Committee on Law and Government HEARING HELD  Action details Not available
6/9/20140 Committee on Law and Government AMENDED  Action details Not available
6/9/20141 Committee on Law and Government REPORTED FAVORABLY, RULE SUSPENSION REQUESTED  Action details Not available
5/1/20140 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and ReferredPass Action details Not available
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Amending Title 10 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Regulation of Individual Conduct and Activity," by adding a new Chapter 10-2100, entitled "Marijuana Possession," to create a civil penalty for the possession of certain items and to provide for penalties and enforcement procedures for violations of such provisions, all under certain terms and conditions.

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WHEREAS, In Philadelphia, approximately 4,000 persons are arrested each year for possessing a small amount of non-medical marijuana (SAM), otherwise defined as 30 grams or approximately one ounce. These arrests require - at substantial cost to the taxpayers - a significant dedication of law enforcement, court and prison resources; and

WHEREAS, Non-violent drug and alcohol abuse is proven to cause long-term health risks and should be dealt with as a public health issue, not as a criminal issue. Using criminal means for SAM violations does nothing to deter drug and alcohol abuse but does increase the number of people with life-changing criminal records, while incidents with criminal means only burdens taxpayers and damages an individual's chances for prosperity in the process; and

WHEREAS, There is evidence that minorities are disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of marijuana laws, with African Americans 5.19 times more likely to be arrested for SAM violations in Philadelphia than Caucasians despite evidence showing nearly identical use across both communities. Of those arrested in Philadelphia for SAM possession in 2012, 82 percent were African American; and

WHEREAS, A growing number of States and Cities have recently passed laws as it pertains to the decriminalization possession of non-medical marijuana, and specifically SAM possession. In 2012, Chicago, IL moved to decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana, allowing police to issue tickets for the offense instead of mandatory arrests. In early 2014, Washington, DC passed a similar ordinance which created...

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