Councilman Tables Philly Marijuana Bill, Says Will Seek “Administrative” Measure

Tommy Rowan reports in (Philadelphia marijuana bill put on back burner) that Councilman Jim Kenney, after consultation with chief county law enforcement officials and community representatives, will not seek a full council vote on his bill to end mandatory arrest for possession of small amounts of pot in Philadelphia.

The law enforcement officials who advised Kenney that his bill had “holes” are members of Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB), a group “of top-level county officials which address criminal justice issues from a systemic and policy level perspective,” according to Pennsylvania’s website on the initiative, which details the groups’ makeup as including “top- level representatives of the courts, corrections, law enforcement, community-based organizations, executive branch of government, health and human service agencies, victims’ services agencies, and the business and faith communities. CJABs are frequently designated as the primary point of contact with the commonwealth and the federal government for criminal justice matters.”

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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