Malcolm Burnley, Philly Magazine: As of this morning, Philadelphia is the largest city in the country to decriminalize marijuana. You'll now receive a $100 fine for smoking in public and a $25 for possession of up to 30 grams -- but you will not be arrested. Pot advocate Mike Whiter called dibs on the first marijuana citation weeks ago, and today, he promptly lit up a joint in City Hall's courtyard at 8 a.m. with police by his side. One quick puff and one handwritten ticket later, Whiter was the happiest man to pay a municipal fine I've ever seen. read more
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus P. McCaffery (D) on Monday amid allegations that he sent pornographic e-mails and threatened to entangle a fellow justice in the widening scandal after vowing not to go "down alone." McCaffery, 64, a former Marine and Philadelphia police officer, has apologized for sending sexually explicit e-mails, saying crude language and jokes were part of the vernacular of military and law enforcement. read more
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HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo and a top aide resigned Thursday over revelations that they were among dozens of state officials who sent or received pornographic e-mails over state computers.
The Nutter administration and City Councilman James Kenney have a reached a compromise on a bill that will reduce penalties for possession of marijuana in Philadelphia. People caught possessing fewer than 30 grams of marijuana, or just over an ounce, would be issued a citation and fined $25. City Councilman James Kenney argued that marijuana arrests were unfairly impacting African Americans -- Philadelphia police arrested 4,336 people for marijuana possession last year, 83 percent of them black -- while wasting valuable police time.