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Racial Disparities Continue in Philadelphia Marijuana Arrests

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Marijuana arrests in 2012 Philadelphia continued with a distributing trend of racial disparity, according to figures released today by Philly NORML, the local affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Using data from the Pennsylvania Uniform CrimeReporting System, the chapter’s annual arrest report has been issued for the last seven years.

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We are celebrating an incredible revolution of ideas this week, one that has a living pulse today.

The Philadelphia of 1776 housed the women and men who crafted a new future for freedom. In 2013 it is where the United States federal government is displaying the tremendous cost and energy it will spend to arrest Americans simply for smoking marijuana. http://www.freedomisgreen.com/burn-on-the-4th-of-july-marijuana-the-department-of-homeland-security-and-the-liberty-bell/

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By David Levinsky and Danielle Camilli Staff writers

January 1, 2013

Burlington County cheered the Olympic victories of two local athletes, and cried when a little girl’s life was lost in a tragic school bus crash.

The county watched Gov. Chris Christie command the national spotlight, and the majority elected two Democrats to county office for the first time in four years.

Zoning boards in two local towns turned away proposed medical marijuana dispensaries, but a county jury acquitted a well-known pot activist of drug charges.

Read more: 2012: A year of controversy and tragedy

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njweedman snakeheadsTHE "NJ WEEDMAN" is back in the Garden State, and he's looking to plant one pot-friendly person in the jury pool who might help him blaze a path to permanent freedom.

On Wednesday morning, Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion will appear in court in Burlington County as jury selection begins in his retrial on marijuana distribution. Police found a pound of herb in his trunk during a 2010 traffic stop.

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7th District race: $2.86 million

The most competitive legislative race in Burlington County this year was also the most expensive.

Democrats and Republicans running in the 7th District raised a combined $3.16 million and wound up spending $2.86 million, according to post-election campaign finance reports.

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