MARIJUANA TIME: Kenney To Introduce Pot Bill

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AARON FLEMING, a Temple University student, testifies at City Council hearing on Monday in support of bill to end mandatory arrests for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Photo by Rory McGlasson

AARON FLEMING, a Temple University student, testifies at City Council hearing on Monday in support of bill to end mandatory arrests for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Photo by Rory McGlasson

COUNCILMAN JIM KENNEY listens as Francis Healy, an advisor to police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, testifies at marijuana-bill hearing on Monday at City Hall. Photo by Rory McGlasson

COUNCILMAN JIM KENNEY listens as Francis Healy, an advisor to police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, testifies at marijuana-bill hearing on Monday at City Hall. Photo by Rory McGlasson

BY RORY MCGLASSON/ If the entire city of Philadelphia smoked a joint at the same time, there would be peace in the City of Brotherly Love for at least an hour – followed by a citywide cheesesteak shortage.

But Councilman Jim Kenney’s marijuana bill isn’t about promoting pot-smoking; it’s about saving the City’s Police Dept. valuable resources. Currently, it devotes thousands of man-hours to the prosecution of petty marijuana offenders. He wants the city’s finest to divert their time and resources to more important crimes, such as murder and gun violence.

Kenney’s bill to end mandatory arrests for possessing a small amount of marijuana goes before City Council this morning. After receiving unanimous approval from the Council’s Committee on Law & Government on Monday, Kenney will seek the full Council’s support of a bill that would end arrests of tokers found with less than one ounce of weed in their pocket.

Smokers like Aaron Fleming, a Temple University student, testified at Monday’s City Council hearing in support of Kenney’s bill.

Kenney was joined at that hearing by Councilmen Bobby Henon, Bill Greenlee, Dennis O’Brien, Curtis Jones and W. Wilson Goode, who heard from police and officials of the Nutter administration, as well as Fleming and other groups who support the bill.

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