Erie City Councilman Bob Mersky is pushing his fellow council members to embrace the wisdom of decriminalizing marijuana.
Did you know that 80% of marijuana arrests in PA are for simple possession, wasting taxpayer dollars and police… https://t.co/oyptsCddyI
— Robert Merski (@BobMerski) October 19, 2017
On Wednesday, Mersky authored a rather captivating post on his social network, “I am calling for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana in the City of Erie.” Frustrated by the wasted tax dollars and police resources, Mersky noted that “80% of marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania are for simple possession.”
Ready to join other progressive municipalities in Pennsylvania, Councilman Mersky is encouraging his fellow policymakers to change the status quo – and rollback the archaic penalties associated with personal marijuana possession.
“Already five cities in Pennsylvania have done this- Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, York, Reading, and the Borough of State College. By lessening the penalty, we hold people accountable for their actions while not denying opportunities for jobs, housing, and education for a relatively minor offense.”