Despite decriminalization, Pittsburgh’s marijuana-possession arrests are on the rise | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Despite decriminalization, Pittsburgh’s marijuana-possession arrests are on the rise 

“You are still bringing 700 people into the court and fingerprinting them, and that is 700 people that still need their records expunged. All of these cases are still being withdrawn.”

When Pittsburgh City Council passed a marijuana-decriminalization ordinance in December 2015, it was seen as a victory on many fronts.  Local governments would see fiscal savings thanks to fewer resources being used to arrest and prosecute individuals. Progress was promised in…

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