A Philadelphia councilman wants to do away with arrests for possessing anything less than an ounce of marijuana. Credit: istockphoto
Philadelphia City Council will hear testimony Monday in support of Councilman Jim Kenney's proposal that police stop arresting people for marijuana possession.
Kenney has proposed a $200 fine and a mandatory three-hour seminar on drug abuse rather than arrest for anyone caught possessing an ounce or less of pot, NBC10 reported. Essentially, anyone caught with what's considered an amount of marijuana for personal use would be issued a ticket and sent on his or her way.
The councilman claims police officers' time spent on minor drug arrests costs the city $3 million annually.
"Those officers could be doing more important things than locking up a kid who's got two joints in his pocket," Kenney told NBC10. "Police officers on their shift can stay on their shift to combat more serious crime."