It’s still a criminal offense to possess a small amount of marijuana in the City of Brotherly Love. But a new law makes the penalty for holding an ounce or less of pot a $25 fine, with a civil citation and no criminal record. (Smoking it in public ups the fine to $100.) Philadelphia is the largest city in the nation to decriminalize possession of the green stuff.
It’s been 18 months today since the city statute passed — but state law remains.
Marijuana arrests are down 77 percent since Philly decriminalized it last year: ‘It’s being normalized’
“Do I like walking through Rittenhouse and you get a little whiff, or down South Street?” one activist told Billy Penn. “F–k yeah I do.”