Meet Hempy, Philadelphia’s new marijuana mascot

Hempy photo by Michael Whiter

By Dan Gross

Early estimates predict a large turnout Thursday in Philadelphia for a Pop-Up Weed Garden to celebrate two years of decriminalization on small amount marijuana possession in the city.

The 4 to 6 p.m. event outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites people to Bring Your Own Weed, less than 30 grams as that is the amount under which possession is a simple $25 citation, no longer an arrest.

Smoking it however, can get you a $100 fine, but still no arrest. #Progress.

“The stats don’t lie. There were 7,000 fewer arrests for pot last year in Philly because of decriminalization. That’s a lot of people that were spared the agony of having to enter the criminal justice system just because they like to smoke a little reefer,” explains cannabis activist N.A. Poe who worked alongside Philly NORML President Chris Goldstein and former schoolteacher Anne Gemmell, who now director of the city’s Pre-Kindergarten Program. “Decriminalization has given us room to grow as a movement, allowed us to normalize pot culture and, in turn, make a positive impact on our city.”

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