Philadelphia

City of Brotherly Bud: Philadelphia Comediennes Chanel Ali and Alyssa Al-Dookhi Interview People about Marijuana

City of Brotherly Bud: Philadelphia Comediennes Chanel Ali and Alyssa Al-Dookhi Interview People about Marijuana

Two of Philly’s funniest ladies, Chanel Ali and Alyssa Al-Dookhi hit the streets last month for Ladybud Magazine with Comedian and marijuana activist N.A. Poe to get Philadelphia’s perspective on an array of topics related to cannabis. From Rittenhouse Square to the booze-soaked St. Patty’s Day Parade, the comediennes encountered a diverse cast of characters and […]

Congrats to Philadelphia! Today Decriminalization Takes Effect

Congrats to Philadelphia! Today Decriminalization Takes Effect

It’s official: cannabis possession (in small amounts) is now decriminalized within the city limits of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are no longer criminal penalties attached to simple marijuana possession if the individual is carrying 30 grams or less. Instead, those violating cannabis prohibition will simply receive a civil infraction citation (commonly known as a ticket). What […]

Philadelphia Removes Criminal Penalties for Pot Possession

Philadelphia Removes Criminal Penalties for Pot Possession

Beginning on October 20th, 2014, possession of small amounts of marijuana in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be a civil offense with no criminal penalties. That means that once the policy takes effect, Philadelphia will become the largest city to effectively decriminalize marijuana possession. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed the bill into law this last Wednesday, October […]

Philadelphia: Mayor To Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Philadelphia: Mayor To Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Philly NORML Facebook City mayor Michael Nutter announced today that he will sign municipal legislation  into law decriminalizing marijuana possession penalties. Under the measure, penalties pertaining to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis would be reduced from a criminal misdemeanor to a non-summary civil offense, punishable by a […]

Philadelphia: Decriminalization Measure Awaits Mayor’s Signature

Philadelphia: Decriminalization Measure Awaits Mayor’s Signature

Via NORML: The Philadelphia City Council passed bill 140377 with a vote of 13-3 in June 2014. The measure, sponsored by Councilman James Kenney, offers a pragmatic solution to unburdening the city government and our residents from arrests for small amounts of marijuana.   There are more than 4,000 adults arrested each year in our […]

RIP Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

RIP Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Amy Winehouse died three years ago today. I remember seeing her at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia with my friends Ed and Kate a few months before she died. She looked very skinny and drawn and was wearing those tiny faded jean shorts and gold belt with a tank top with flimsy and often dirty pink […]

4/20: To Celebrate & Remember

4/20: To Celebrate & Remember

April 20th will soon be upon us with little festivals and large gatherings that will hopefully welcome those who celebrate the cannabis plant and the dream of freedom with love and a safe place to partake in sacrament, medicine or revelry. As the countdown to that hallowed time on that hallowed day, there will be […]

INTERVIEW: NA Poe, Cannabis Activist for Philadelphia City Council

INTERVIEW: NA Poe, Cannabis Activist for Philadelphia City Council

PHOTO: Rachael Friedmann Richard Tamaccio aka Nikki Allen Poe is a cannabis reform activist and founder of The Panic Hour, a Philadelphia comedy-slash-activism group that led monthly Smokedown Prohibition events at the Liberty Bell with PhillyNORML beginning in late 2012. His arrest at a Smokedown event in May 2013, subsequent incarceration, and continuing probation has […]

Protest at the Liberty Bell: Cannabis Activists Receive Federal Sentencing

Protest at the Liberty Bell: Cannabis Activists Receive Federal Sentencing

IMAGE: “Old Liberty Bell” by James Cremer, 1821-1893 This past Wednesday, I was humbled and honored to lay witness to a matter of no less significance to the course of history than was The Boston Tea Party itself. In Federal Court in Philadelphia, across the street from The Liberty Bell, True American Hero Activist Chris […]

Poem: Thank You to All Activists

Poem: Thank You to All Activists

  Thank you to the farmers To the street dancers To the testifiers Proud and active patients Thank you to you all The writers The photographers The Buddhas The nice ones The suits The dreads The punks The mamas and the papas Thank you to you all Much love… To the kids To the prisoners […]