Philadelphia District Attorney Says His Office Will Not Prosecute Minor Cannabis Crimes
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The City of Brotherly Love’s new top prosecutor has made concrete steps towards local cannabis reform while also waging war on pharmaceutical companies for influencing the opioid epidemic.
Prosecutors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will enact a new form of localized cannabis reform under District Attorney Larry Krasner, dropping any minor cannabis charges turned over from local police.
According to the Associated Press, Krasner, a social justice-focused Democrat elected to the DA's office in late 2017, announced last week that his office had dismissed over 50 existing cannabis possession charges and would do the same for any future small-time weed cases.
Cannabis has been decriminalized in the city of Philadelphia since 2014, and Pennsylvania's newly-legal medical cannabis sales began this week, but the City of Brotherly Love is still home to prohibitionist cops and the same racist policing tactics as many American police forces. As a result, minor pot arrests have persisted, with about 10% of all possession incidents still ending in handcuffs.
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