Philadelphia DA decriminalizes marijuana, but police to continue arrests

(RAW STORY)   The district attorney in America’s City of Brotherly Love intends to stop prosecuting people caught with less than 30 grams of marijuana, according to published reports.

Problem is, the police have every intent to keep on making arrests.

“We have to be smart on crime,” said District Attorney Seth Williams, according to The Philadelphia Enquirer. “We can’t declare a war on drugs by going after the kid who’s smoking a joint on 55th Street. We have to go after the large traffickers.”

However, a Philadelphia police spokesman countered: “We’re not going to stop locking people up … our officers are trained to do that. Whether or not they make it through the charging process, that’s up to the D.A. We can’t control that. Until they legalize it, we’re not going to stop.”

“Maybe someone should tell that guy how police in Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, and more than a dozen other cities have followed orders to make marijuana a ‘lowest law enforcement priority’ with few complications or adverse consequences,” scoffed lobbying group Marijuana Policy Project, in a blog for Opposing Views. “Except, you know, for police having to focus their efforts on more serious crimes.”

The move is a surprising one for Philadelphia, which does not have a clear history of being receptive to drug policy reforms. The city in 2007 decided to ban items which would be used to aid the consumption of illegal drugs, namely targeting the Philly blunt cigar, which can be hollowed out and filled with marijuana. The ban actually covered any item a seller might reasonably believe may be used in the consumption of drugs, drawing criticism because of its rather vague description of what it prohibits.

Proponents of the paraphernalia restrictions called the enhanced prohibition a crack down on “quality of life crime.”

The current district attorney in Philadelphia, who took office in January, reportedly brokered the policy change with two members of the state’s supreme court as a way of freeing up more time for judges and prosecutors already saddled with a massive backlog of marijuana cases involving small possession charges.

The new policy will levy a fine of $200 for a first offense and $300 for other offenses.

“The marijuana consumers of Philadelphia welcome this,” a spokesman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws told the Enquirer.

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0405/philadelphia-kind-of-decriminalizes-marijuana/

6 Responses to Philadelphia DA decriminalizes marijuana, but police to continue arrests

  • Fuck the police!

  • I don’t know how the law works any more but it is evident that the police are not only going by yesterdays battle plans and disobeying the DA’s orders but are wasting tax payer money and being insubordinate.

  • IN MARCH 2006 JOAN WAGAR CONFESSED SHE IS A POISONER OF A PLASMA DONOR! I WAS ACCUSSING HER OF POISONING ME AND WAS WARNING PEOPLE ABOUT IT AND JOAN WAGAR POISONED HERSELF BECAUSE I WAS WARNING PEOPLE! I CALLED 911 FOR AN AMBULANCE FOR HER AND THE PORTLAND POLICE ARRIVED! THEY DID NOT CARE THAT I WAS THE 911 CALLER THEY DID NOT WANT TO TALK TO ME THEY WERE AGGRESSIVE TOWARDS ME ALMOST FROM THE MOMENT THEY GOT THERE! I WAS ASSAULTED FOR HOLDING A CIGARETTE IN MY HAND! UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY MADE IT KNOWN THEY DID NOT GIVE A DAMN JOAN WAGAR IS A POISONER THEY WERE LOOKING FOR EXCUSES TO JUSTIFY AGGRESSION AT ME THEY WERE NOT HIDING THE FACT THEY HAD IT OUT FOR ME! FIREFIGHTERS AND THE AMBULANCE DRIVERS ARRIVED AND THEY ACTED THE WAY ONE WOULD EXPECT! THEY WERE CONCERNED FOR JOAN WAGAR AND THEY ASKED ME QUESTIONS SUCH AS “IS SHE ON ANY MEDICATIONS?” AND SUCH! AFTER THEY GOT JOAN WAGAR DOWN THE STAIRS THEY LEAD HER TO THE AMBULANCE! BUT THAT DID NOT STOP THAT COP FROM ONE MORE ATTEMPT TO PROVOKE ME IN SELF DEFENSE HE GOT RIGHT IN MY FACE IN FRONT OF THE FIREFIGHTERS AND YELLED AT ME AGAIN FOR HAVING A CIGARETTE IN MY HAND! THE WAY HE DID THAT HE GAVE THE STRONG IMPRESSION THAT HE WAS GOING TO STRIKE ME! AFTER THEY LEFT I CALLED JOAN WAGAR’S FAMILY MEMBERS INFORMING THEM JOAN WAGAR POISONED HERSELF AND SHE WAS TAKEN TO THE PORTLAND ADVENTICE HOSPITAL! BY THE TIME I GOT THERE MOST OF HER FAMILY WAS WAITING IN THE HOSPITAL LOBBY! KEEP IN MIND JOAN WAGAR WAS NOT HIDING THE FACT SHE POISONED HERSELF EVERYONE KNEW SHE POISONED HERSELF INCLUDING AUTHORITY’S AND THE HOSPITAL! JOAN WAGAR CONFESSED IN HER DIARY THAT DAY SHE POISONED HERSELF! BUT EVERYONE AFTER THAT PRETENDED NOTHINGS WRONG! AUTHORITY’S AND THE HOSPITAL AND FAMILY MEMBERS JUST ACTED LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED AFTER THAT! JOAN WAGAR WAS POISONING ME AND EVERYONE KNEW IT AND WAS HELPING HER TO COVER IT UP! WHEN I STARTED WARNING PEOPLE SHE POISONED HERSELF AND EVERYONE STILL PRETENDED NOTHINGS WRONG! JOAN WAGAR WAS HIDING AN AFFAIR WITH AN UNDER COVER OFFICER OF THE LAW AT THAT TIME! NOW YOU KNOW WHY AUTHORITY’S WANT ME DEAD BECAUSE JOAN WAGAR’S LOVER GAVE JOAN PERMISSION TO POISON ME TO DEATH AND AUTHORITY’S COVERED UP THE FACT JOAN WAGAR IS A POISONER! JOAN WAGAR AND I WERE PLASMA DONORS! AFTER JOAN WAGAR POISONED HERSELF HER DAUGHTER MEGAN INVITED HER BOYFRIEND DAVID TO MOVE IN WITH US AND MEGAN WASTED NO TIME IN RECRUITING DAVID INTO DONATING PLASMA! EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY KNEW JOAN WAGAR WAS A POISONER!

  • We just watched a Casey Anthony walk on a murder everyone knows she committed,but a friend of mine got in more trouble for a quarter of pot! They got it all fucked up, if drugs were involved she would have rotted in jail, but fuck a murder.

  • This is called an unraveling of society.

  • It’s like the hands saying to the head, I’m not going to listen to you.

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