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Chester County PA Marijuana Update

Posted on May 18th, 2013
Opposition to Legalized Marijuana

In response to groups and even legal representatives in Pennsylvania ( in particularly the suburban Philadelphia counties of Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks) to the legalization of marijuana, an intense opposition exists, especially in the republican controlled Governor’s Mansion and in the Republican controlled Assembly and State Senate.

Many politicians have voiced the reasoning behind continued criminalization of marijuana, including the prosecution of adults and college students for marijuana crimes (ie.  the continued prosecution in Chester County of West Chester University students with Possession of Marijuana Possession and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a “routine” stop on the streets of West Chester on a busy weekend night.  Often the reasoning behind tough marijuana possession charges for college students and other adults is the believe that marijuana is a gateway drug.


Contact Ciccarelli Law Offices if you or a loved on is facing criminal charges, arrest or citations for possession of Marijuana or Pot in suburban Philadelphia including Chester County (West Chester PA), Delaware County, Lancaster County, Montgomery County.  Contact us by EMAIL or call an experienced Chester County Marijuana Possession Attorney at Ciccarelli Law Offices at (610) 692-8700 or (877) 529-2422.

“I don’t need a study to tell me marijuana is a gateway drug. I see it every day,” Cumberland County District Attorney David J. Freed said. “We in law enforcement have to clean up the mess.”  Another prosecutor from Dauphin County (Harrisburg PA) claims the other concern is that more people driving under the influence.  And in fact, Pennsylvania has an incredibly tough driving after imbibing law as it pertains to marijuana use that allows a driver to be arrested and convicted for a DUI as a result of trace amounts of marijuana that may have been ingested days or more prior to the vehicular stop.

In 2009, about 2.3 million people over the age of 12 tried pot, while about 617,000 tried cocaine and about 180,000 tried heroin, according to the study.  However, the US HHS report showed that first-time marijuana use far outnumbered that of first-time heroin and cocaine use.

“The current arguments (against legalization) are invalid,” said Derek Rosenzweig, cofounder of Pennsylvanians for Medical Marijuana and spokesman for the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “There are so many reasons to go forward with it.”  Rosenzweig and others believe legalizing weed would bring the state millions in tax revenue, reduce law enforcement costs and bring in more tourism dollars.

“It would engender a better relationship between law enforcement and the general public,” he said. “People can be secure in the fact they’re not doing anything illegal.”

In Pennsylvania, a change in the law would have to come from the Legislature, unlike other states such as Colorado and Washington which permit citizen-initiated referendums.

Possession of a small amount of marijuana — defined as less than 30 grams — is a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania. Penalties are up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

“I do take a hard line on major dealers and manufacturers for two reasons,” he said. “Drug dealing, any drug, is inherently violent activity.”


Are you facing prosecution for possession and/or use of marijuana in West Chester, PA, Chester County and the surrounding counties?   Our legal team is experienced and ready to fight your Marijuana and Marijuana Possession Charges.  We look forward to fight for your rights before, during and after an arrest.  Our reputation for successful defense strategy and tactics coupled with one-one-one client interaction makes us the Pennsylvania defense attorneys of choice for individuals facing serious felony and misdemeanor criminal charges.

We represent clients charged with such Pennsylvania drug offenses as:

  • Marijuana Possession Charges
  • Small Amount of Marijuana or “pot”
  • Drug Paraphernalia including, pot pipes, baggies, needles, scales, etc.
  • Cultivating, Manufacturing, Growing  or Possession of Marijuana Plants
  • Juvenile Drug Crimes including possession or delivery in a school
  • School Zone Sentencing Enhancements

Ciccarelli Law offices defends individuals and their families facing serious drug related offenses including drug and narcotics crimes, possession and delivery or trafficking crimes in Pennsylvania.  Our Pennsylvania criminal lawyers have been handling drug cases for more than 30 years and look to help clients avoid having these charges lead to serious jail time and a permanent mark on their criminal record.

Based  in suburban Philadelphia at 304 North High Street, West Chester PA 19380, we make your choice all the clearer with locations throughout the metropolitan Philadelphia Pennsylvania, including Center City Philadelphia, West Chester PA, Malvern (serving Downingtown/Exton PA), Kennett Square PA, Lancaster PA,King of Prussia PA, Plymouth Meeting PA, Radnor and Springfield PA.  We serve Downingtown, Paoli, Media, Norristown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading and Allentown.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced Pennsylvania Attorney at Ciccarelli Lawyers, by contacting us at (610) 692-8700 or toll free at (877) 529-2422.