Philadelphia Council Considers A Fine, Not Arrest For Pot

PENNSYLVANIA:  If a Philadelphia councilman gets his way, smoking a joint will cost you cash, but won’t land you in handcuffs.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday morning in Philadelphia City Council where testimony will be given about Councilman Jim Kenney’s proposed bill that changes city laws about marijuana so that anyone possessing a small amount wouldn’t be placed under arrest.

“An arrest is a very traumatic experience for people, especially if it’s the first time and you’re a kid,” Kenney told NBC10.com. “There’s a lot of interactions that go wrong with an arrest — the person could get hurt, the officer could get hurt.”

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