An Underground Medical Marijuana Patient Getting Philly’s First Weed Ticket

Mike Whiter at the signing of the Philly ordinance decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Mike Whiter at the signing of the Philly ordinance decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

By Kenneth Lipp

Wednesday we sat down with Mike Whiter, a retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant and combat veteran, to talk about his plans to receive the first non-criminal citation in Philadelphia under a new city ordinance. Whiter has created a Facebook event page for his ticketing, which he says is a sort of ceremony to both congratulate the city on “finally doing the right thing,” and to draw attention to “underground medical marijuana patients” like himself who can now be spared an arrest for possessing a substance necessary to their quality of life.

Whiter intends to light up at City Hall on the morning of Monday, October 20th. Here’s Mike on his plans (video produced with our madmen-at-arms, Scrapple TV):


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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