Pennsylvania: Erie City Council Considers Citations for Weed

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Erie City Councilman Bob Mersky is pushing his fellow council members to embrace the wisdom of decriminalizing marijuana.

On Wednesday, Mersky authored a rather captivating post on his social network, “I am calling for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana in the City of Erie.” Frustrated by the wasted tax dollars and police resources, Mersky noted that “80% of marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania are for simple possession.”

Ready to join other progressive municipalities in Pennsylvania, Councilman Mersky is encouraging his fellow policymakers to change the status quo – and rollback the archaic penalties associated with personal marijuana possession.

“Already five cities in Pennsylvania have done this- Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, York, Reading, and the Borough of State College. By lessening the penalty, we hold people accountable for their actions while not denying opportunities for jobs, housing, and education for a relatively minor offense.”

In the hopes of creating a brighter future with greater opportunities for his constituents, Councilman Mersky anticipates the Erie City Council will address the issue before the end of the year.

While it’s not legalization …  it’s better than 30 days in jail and a $500 fine!

Gov. Wolf Agrees with Decriminalization

On board with the socially responsible idea, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf (D) announced last summer “there are too many people who are going to prison because of the use of very modest amounts, or carrying modest amounts of marijuana.”

A Reason for Hope

A September survey performed by Franklin & Marshall College asked the residents of Pennsylvania how they felt about legalizing recreational marijuana, amongst other things. While the poll indicated waning support for our 45th President and moderate support for the governor, it also showed 59 percent of Pennsylvanians support adult use legalization.

Pennsylvania marijuana Poll

Pennsylvania survey indicates majority support marijuana legalization

Fun Fact: Officially signed into law on April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is anticipated to be fully operational by 2018.

About Author

Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

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  1. A new policy goes into effect March 1, 2017 for people caught with misdemeanor amounts of marijuana in Harris County.

    Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced the new marijuana policy earlier this month. She says it will save the county millions of dollars and free up resources to focus on prosecuting violent crimes.

    The new Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program, which takes effect on March 1, 2017, will divert all misdemeanor marijuana cases — involving up to four ounces — out of the criminal justice system, instead redirecting low-level drug offenders into a decision-making class.
    Harris County marijuana prosecution by the numbers
    Harris County spends approximately $26 million each year prosecuting 10,000 misdemeanor marijuana cases
    Crime labs spend $1.7 million testing evidence for those 10,000 cases
    On average, it takes four hours of a law enforcement officer’s time to arrest, transport and book a misdemeanor offender
    Harris County spends $13 million housing marijuana offenders, who each spend an average of 6 days in jail
    Low-level marijuana cases account for 10 percent of cases on Harris County court dockets.

  2. Hi I have been smoking cannibis for 42 and1/2 years. I am almost 73 years of age. One thing that is noticible is that I look very young for my age. I have been going to a compassion club since 1999. I had fibromyelgia very badly from working shifts during my career as a registered nurse. I worked 25 years until I was quite sick. The compassion club was wonderful. I did not have to go to the street dealers anymore. And I could get donations as I was on a disability. It meant a lot. It helped my fibromyalgia go into remission. I still smoke cannibis to prevent other illnesses as well. I rarely have a cold or flu. Don’t tell me cannibis doesn’t work to prevent many common illnesses and helps chronic diseases. Thank you Maryam.

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