Another American city — Pittsburgh, PA — has joined the city-by-city strategy. The erosion of acceptance for cannabis prohibition continues. Here’s more:
Members of the Pittsburgh City Council voted 7 to 2 — in late December 2015 — in favor of municipal legislation to amend marijuana possession penalties within city limits. The city’s mayor signed the measure into law days later.
Under the new policy, minor marijuana offenders face a civil fine of no more than $100 for the possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana and/or eight grams of hashish.
State law classifies similar possession offenses as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, possible driver’s license suspension and a criminal record.
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According to a 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union, African Americans in Allegheny County are 5.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than Caucasians, despite both races consuming cannabis at similar rates.
Philadelphia lawmakers signed a similar decriminalization ordinance into law in 2014. Since the measure’s passage, adult marijuana possession arrests in the city fell from over 3,700 annually to fewer than 600.
The two largest cities in Pennsylvania have joined the movement. The resistance east of the Mississippi River continues. Cannabis prohibition will fail sooner rather than later, only if you get involved.
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