We were spending thousands of dollars for when someone possessed $10 or $15 worth of weed…it just didn’t make any sense
Words spoken from Seth Williams, District Attorney for Philadelphia as he describes how the city was spending before the Small Amount of Marijuana program was enacted. The SAM, which took effect in June of 2010, changed marijuana possession of up to 30 grams into a summary offense instead a misdemeanor. When possession was a misdemeanor it carried penalties of a $500 fine and up to 30 days of probation and jail time which left many with a criminal record just for having marijuana on their person. Under this new program however, violators would only pay a $200 fine and have to attend a three-hour class about drug use and abuse which, upon successful completion, their record would be completely expunged.
City of Brotherly Love indeed.
[via Philadelphia Daily News]