The City of Brotherly Love just got a little more loving. On June 19, the Philadelphia City Council approved a cannabis decriminalization bill. The possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis is now a civil offense with a penalty fine of $25. This bill was passed 13-3, making it a veto-proof majority.
The mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, must take action on the measure by this coming September. Hopefully it's a no-brainer for him: according to Philly NORML, the new policy should result in annual savings of $4 million in the Public Safety Budget and as well as a decrease in simple possession arrests by 4,000 individuals.
Congratulations to Philadelphia for making some great progress in further legitimizing cannabis -- next up, legalization in Pennsylvania!
(Hat tip to Philly NORML for the update.)