The stoners are winning

Mike Riggs Contributor

In an effort to cut Philadelphia’s crowded court dockets some slack, “the city’s new district attorney and the state Supreme Court are moving to all but decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” the Philly Inquirer reports. “Under a policy to take effect later this month, prosecutors will charge such cases as summary offenses rather than as misdemeanors. People arrested with up to 30 grams of the drug – slightly more than an ounce – may have to pay a fine but face no risk of a criminal record.” According to a spokesman for the Philadelphia chapter of NORML, the city’s marijuana-using population has been stocking up on Dr. Pepper and Funyuns in anticipation of the court’s seminal ruling.