Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced that his office has dropped criminal marijuana possession charges against 51 people, and that his office will drop all possession charges that are not coupled with intent to deliver or sell.
The new policy will be straight-forward, according to District Attorney Larry Krasner.
“We are going to tell them, yes, drop any cases that are simply marijuana possession,” Krasner said at a press conference prior to the staff meeting. He stressed that the policy only applies to simple possession, not charges like possession with intent to deliver or selling it.
His approach builds on 4-year-old rules implemented by Mayor Michael Nutter and the previous District Attorney, Seth Williams. Initially introduced by current Mayor Jim Kenney when he was a city councilman, they gave Philadelphia police the power to issue citations for marijuana possession. That essentially made pot possession punishable by a fine.