Philadelphia marijuana bill put on back burner

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The bill to cut down on arrests for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana has hit a few snags.

Councilman Jim Kenney, the bill’s sponsor, was told by the Criminal Justice Advisory Boards, a problem-solving collaborative within the state’s criminal justice system, that the bill has holes.

So he met with the CJAB on Tuesday and and agreed to table the bill. He said said he will cooperate to “try to get this done administratively as opposed to legislating it.”

However, he added, “I’m going to run the bill if I’m not seeing any progress.”

The bill calls for police to hand out a court summons to violators in lieu of arrests.

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