Philly Mayor: Legalizing Marijuana is the “Solution” – The Libertarian Republic
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By Dries Van Thielen
Over the weekend, The Libertarian Republic reported on an out-of-hand Marijuana Warehouse Party in Philadelphia. Hundreds of smokers gathered at 4500 Worth Street to buy and smoke marijuana at this exclusive event. However, marijuana is still illegal in the state and police forces raided the warehouse to arrest hundreds of consumers. By the end of the day, all 175 arrested were released without charges.
On Monday, Philly Mayor Jim Kelley spoke out against the event saying, “it is illegal to sell [marijuana] in those large quantities.” In doing so, he supported the local community who worried about the widespread use of the abandoned warehouses for illegal parties.
However, soon after he made the above-mentioned comment, Mayor Kelley stated on philly.com:
“The real solution to this is legalizing it in the state of Pennsylvania as they did in Colorado. We won’t have to use police resources in these kinds of activities and actions.”
It is not the first time Kelley has spoken on behalf of the marijuana legalization. If fact, one of the organizers of the Warehouse Party, 37-year-old Rich Tamaccio, aka N.A.Poe, worked along Mayor Kelley while he was a congressman, appointed to research legislation to in efforts to legalize marijuana.
Pennsylvania: 9th State to Legalize Marijuana?
Whereas Pennsylvania legalized the medical use of marijuana last summer, recreational use is still illegal in the state.
Lawmakers, however, are speaking out against the restricted legislation. Tom Wolfe, governor of the Keystone State, discussed marijuana decriminalization on a radio show last summer:
“There are too many people who are going to prison because of the use of very modest amounts or carry modest amounts of marijuana, and that is clogging up our prisons, it’s destroying families and it’s hurting our economy, so