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Friday, September 19, 2014

Philly Votes for Decriminalization

The City of Brotherly Love is decriminalizing marijuana possession and public consumption, ending a drug policy that has disproportionately targeted African Americans and Latinos in Philadelphia for decades.

After a long summer of negotiations between Mayor Michael Nutter and supporters of Councilman James Kenney's decriminalization bill, the mayor agreed to sign the legalization measure, which will take effect October 20. Support from Philly cops, African American community organizations, and black media outlets helped forge the decriminalization law that passed 13-3 through the city council  a margin that would have overridden a potential mayoral veto.

"We're the largest city in the US that will decriminalize successfully," said Kenney's policy director Chris Goy. "And in doing so, forged our own path against the state." Marijuana possession is still illegal in Pennsylvania, and lawbreakers are remain subject to arrest, fines, and jail time.

 A separate medical marijuana bill is still under consideration in the state legislature, and 85 percent of Pennsylvania voters support ending the state's ban of medical pot. But, despite overwhelming support among voters, according to VICE News sources in Harrisburg, the state's capital, the bill will likely fail to become law.

Philly's decriminalization bill makes marijuana possession of less than 30 grams equivalent to a $25 jaywalking ticket. Smoking weed in public is a bit more serious: Anyone caught toking will have to fork over $100 or complete nine hours of community service.  Possession of weed previously carried a $200 fine, plus mandatory viewing of a three-hour video on the dangers of drug abuse. The video is widely considered a joke and ineffective, a symptom of the dysfunctional way the city, state, and country deal with the possession of tiny amounts of weed.

 

 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

NFL: New Pot Testing Cutoffs Higher

Rolling Stone Magazine. By James Montgomery | September 18, 2014

Earlier this week, the NFL and its Players Association who, as you are probably aware, have been at odds over a few things recently  were somehow able to hammer out a new drug policy, that includes a liberalized marijuana policy.

The new plan raises the acceptable level of THC found in a player's urine from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 35, a change that reflects the recent trend towards marijuana legalization.

(Federal DOT testing standards for reported positives are 50 ng/ml on the initial screen, and 15 ng/ml for the confirmation test.)

 Men's Journal has a by-the-numbers breakdown of the NFL's relationship with drug use, and its new pot policy. Here are some of the statistics.

3,000: The estimated number of NFL retirees who take narcotics, based on a study from Washington University School of Medicine, commissioned by ESPN.  1,500: The estimated number of those retirees dependent on pain pills, based on the same study.

104: Number of players who have been suspended for drug-related offenses since 2011 according to commissioner Roger Goodell at a news conference.

20: Number of suspensions in 2014 for other substances including performance enhancing drugs, alcohol, and cocaine.

Read the complete article at http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/take-a-hit-the-nfls-pot-policy-by-the-numbers-20140918#ixzz3Dlute1eq 

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