Consumerist has reported that the city of Philadelphia saved more than $2 million by choosing not to prosecute people found with less than 30 grams of marijuana in their possession. Instead of facing a court case, offenders were offered the option of taking a three-hour class on the dangers of substance abuse in exchange for a clean record.

One city saved $2 million. There are millions and even billions of dollars more to be saved with a more realistic, humane drug policy. We shouldn't be throwing casual drug users in jail, and we should be offering treatment to those with actual problems. Drugs should be regulated, taxed and treated — just like beer, wine and liquor.

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Philly saves $2 million with hands-off approach to marijuana prosecution
Philadelphia found big savings when it decided to stop treating pot smokers like criminals.