The measure passed by City Council makes possession of about an ounce of pot punishable by only a $25 fine.
Chris reviews coverage of the Israel/Palestinian conflict, Councilman Jim Kenney’s establishment of a marijuana hotline to share your arrest story, and President Obama’s fundraising. He talks to Steve Cordasco on Finance Friday at 7:00 and CBS 3’s Beasley Reece at 8:00.
Tragedy can lead to legislative change. And that, in turn, can lead to politicians tripping over one another in the rush to claim credit.
The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.
Councilman Jim Kenney was among those questioning deputy maoyr Alan Greenberger about the value of Mayor Nutter’s taxpayer-funded overseas trips.
Councilman James Kenney is an avid visitor to Penn’s Landing, but he had difficulty squaring the Nutter Administration’s $8-million in planned improvements on the waterfront, compared to just over $3-million in capital money this year to fix up fire stations.
Council president Darell Clarke is voicing opposition to a councilman’s plan that would let skateboarders back in an area of the park once the makeover is finished.
Michael Resnick, Philadelphia’s director of public safety, says the only exceptions will be where an individual is convicted of a serious felony.
Chris discusses the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the controversial case of boobies bracelets, a bill introduced in Philadelphia City Council to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, and John McCain’s appearance on David Letterman’s show. He talks to Rutgers Professor Dr. Rudy Bell about his objection to Condoleezza Rice delivering their commencement address and CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin about he appearance at the National Constitution Center.
Councilman James Kenney notes that there were 4,200 arrests last year in Philadelphia involving people with small amounts of pot.
Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter has sent a letter to the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee expressing interest in hosting the party’s 2016 national convention.
Now, when Philadelphia police stop an undocumented immigrant for even a minor offense, officers will enter the person’s information into a database shared with federal immigration authorities.
Councilman Jim Kenney suggested that the renovation of Love Park include a section for skateboarders, who once flocked there from around the world.
City councilman Jim Kenney has a long list of concerns about how the Streets Department uses salt during snowstorms. Topping the list is whether road salt poses serious health hazards to dogs or small children.
Councilmembers questioned the city’s fleet manager, Christopher Cocci, concerning the September blaze that heavily damaged a firehouse at 4th and Arch Streets.