What Philly’s Mayor Won’t Tell You About the Law to Decriminalize Marijuana

Mayor Nutter on the viewfinder of a television camera during today's bill-signing. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Mayor Nutter on the viewfinder of a television camera during today’s bill-signing. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris (PhillyinFocus)

10.1.14: Philadelphia – (Politics): Mayor Michael A. Nutter today sounded like Mr. Hackey from the cartoon South Park when he gave his long, father-like remarks before signing a law that decriminalizes marijuana.

He went on and on about how bad weed is for young minds and how the City is going to start an outreach campaign to assist those with addictions. He also bragged that the School District of Philadelphia is going to bolster its middle school prevention program that urges youth to stay away from drugs and the cigarettes that help fund their education.

But what Mayor Nutter didn’t mention during his lecture, was that the historic bill introduced by Councilman Jim Kenney was inspired by an awful policy that he champions.

Read the full story by Chris Norris at PhillyinFocus: What Philly’s Mayor Won’t Tell You About the Law to Decriminalize Marijuana |.

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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