Video: Philly’s First Pot Citation Under New Law, at City Hall

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Whiter’s historic $100 fine

By Kenneth Lipp

Today veteran, activist, student, and underground medical marijuana patient Mike Whiter made good on his plans to receive Philadelphia’s first marijuana citation, a $100 fine for “marijuana usage in public.”

Whiter gave a short speech reiterating his reasons for volunteering to pay 100 bucks, then lit up a joint for a couple hits before being told to throw it to the ground by a waiting Philadelphia Police officer (the interaction was not staged, exactly, but Whiter had discussed his plans with Philly PD brass and they arrived prepared for him to burn one).

The Declaration was on the scene to watch things go down, as were Philly Mag and the Metro.

Check out Philly’s first pot ticket, filmed and produced by those lovable lugs with wonderful mugs at Scrapple TV.

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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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