Pennsylvania: Erie City Council Considers Citations for Weed

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.

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