WHERE DO THEY GET IT?
The lead story on Lancaster Online (left) and the DA’s tweet with his mugshot (click here to read the press release).
Eighty pounds is a lot (obviously)! But what I don’t understand about the new ordinance in the city allowing someone to have an ounce of marijuana is once again – where do they get that ounce or less? To possess it someone has to have sold it to them (or they grew it themselves). Where and how do you draw that line?
CORLL APPEALS – AGAIN!
*** BREAKING NEWS *** Former Lancaster City Police Sgt. Raymond Corll has filed an appeal of his conviction and sentence to the Supreme Court of PA (see below). The Superior Court of PA affirmed and upheld his conviction and sentence in the Lancaster County Court on November 20, 2018.
** Richard B Rodriguez-Ysabel, 21, does not have any other criminal dockets in the state of PA (see below). All of the NT (non-traffic) entries (including one in York County not included in the below) are for noise violations.
WHERE IS LNP?
* That said, we do fully support City Council’s proposal to decriminalize minor marijuana possession.
From the LNP editorial on September 7th of this year, “Decriminalizing (not legalizing) marijuana possession in Lancaster city makes sense,” (click here).
Where are you, LNP? Why don’t you have a reporter questioning the police chief, the DA and the mayor on why the new ordinance that you support was not applied in this case?
— OUTRAGE! —
Read the comments under City Councilwoman Janet Diaz’s Facebook post (click here).
— Doing some research this afternoon. —
*** City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance giving police leeway to treat possession of small amounts of marijuana more leniently than state law does.
…. It allows officers to file a summary charge, similar to a traffic ticket, for possession or use of up to an ounce of marijuana, or possession of paraphernalia.
State law treats possession of small amounts of marijuana as a misdemeanor. Convictions can lead to a permanent criminal record with lifelong effects, barring individuals from educational, housing and job opportunities.
That’s what the council hopes to prevent.
From the LNP article, “City Council reduces penalties for small amounts of marijuana,” (click here).
See immediately below.
“HISPANIC JUVENILE MALE“
** VCS POSSESS MARIJUANA
1ST BLK PEARL ST
OCCURRED 12/7/2018 1952 HRS
Richard B Rodriguez-Ysabel, 21, of the 500 block West Orange Street, Lancaster PA and a Hispanic juvenile male passenger were the subjects of a traffic stop. The suspects were found to be in possession of marijuana. Rodriguez-Ysabel arrested and charged with Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Corruption of Minors and Driving Under Suspension. The juvenile was also arrested and charged with Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana.
From today’s police log (click here).
1. City council passed an ordinance making possession of a small amount of marijuana a summary offense. How much did Rodriguez-Ysabel have? He is charged with a misdemeanor for that.
2. Why do we need to know the unnamed juvenile is “Hispanic?” How much marijuana did he have?
JUST SAY NO! THEY MUST GO!
James Reichenbach John Graupera
* In part of her comments to city council at their last meeting, Darlene Byrd also talked about the police department and the two current officers charged with domestic violence (also see yesterday’s post).
City councilmen James Reichenbach and John Graupera are up for re-election in 2019. Both of these men (and Mayor Sorace) never said a word during all the years they had a police chief whose ex-wife wrote a book stating he beat her for years. Neither of these men deserve to be re-elected!