Marijuana Activists Staging ‘Smoke-in’ at Popular Philadelphia Park

Marijuana Activists Stage 'Smoke-in' at Popular Philadelphia Park

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On Jan. 20, 2017, marijuana activists in Philadelphia are staging a protest and community outreach event in Rittenhouse Square, according to a report by NBC 10. Known as “Tokin’ Back the Wall,” the event is aimed at normalizing relations between marijuana users and police in Philadelphia.

The event had originally been organized as a protest against a short-lived city ordinance that banned people from sitting on the walls in Rittenhouse Square. But when Mayor Jim Kenney took to social media to assure citizens that the ban had been lifted and that they could sit where they wanted, organizers decided to use the event for a different purpose.

Doubling as an instructional how-to, attendees are being instructed on how to receive a marijuana citation without “making a scene.” In Philadelphia, possession of marijuana up to 30 grams is punishable by a $25 fine. Those caught smoking marijuana in public are subject to a $100 fine.

In a short statement to NBC 10, the Philadelphia Police Department said that it was committed to working “with all activists.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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