Cannabis activist N.A. Poe, one of the people who in 2014 helped convince then-Councilman now Mayor Jim Kenney to introduce a bill decriminalizing small amount of marijuana possession, will celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the bill’s passage on Oct. 20 with a Pop-Up Weed Garden.
Poe invites those who wish to rejoice to come and spark up alongside him from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You’re encouraged 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.
“As the two-year anniversary of marijuana decriminalization approaches, I find myself reminiscing about all the great times that we’ve shared as a cannabis community since they stopped locking people up for weed in Philadelphia,” Poe told Elevated Nation. “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.”
“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 Poe who worked alongside Philly NORML President Chris Goldstein and former schoolteacher Anne Gemmell, who now director of the city’s Pre-Kindergarten Program.
“It’s a progressive, common sense approach to marijuana that has created a domino effect as it spreads to other cities in PA and beyond,” Poe says. “I’m really proud that I was a part of an effort to make the city that I love safer for cannabis consumers.”
“The pop-up is a celebration of the anniversary, as well as a tribute to how far we have come as a community over the last few years. In a way, it’s also a hat tip to the city of Philadelphia for their warm embrace of our culture. Philly is a unique town that has allowed a unique weed scene to flourish here and we wholeheartedly appreciate that. We thought it would be fun to see how many people we could get to come out for a weed-themed happy hour on the Art Museum steps.”