Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield will sit down with Police Chief C.J. Davis to discuss instructing officers to issue a warning or a citation in lieu of making an arrest for misdemeanor marijuana offenses.
The city council approved the directive unanimously Thursday in response to a request by the Fostering Alternatives Drug Enforcement (FADE) Coalition and Self-Help Credit Union. The groups had sought a city ordinance or resolution making minor marijuana infractions a low law-enforcement priority.
City Councilman Steve Schewel said while police department leaders have indicated in recent years that misdemeanor marijuana possession is a low-level priority, the numbers indicate the message isn’t making it down to the lower ranks.
Schewel said he is concerned about the disproportionate numbers and the impact it is having on young people’s lives.
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“Looking out on this crowd – and I see a lot of white people – I smoked a lot of marijuana when I was young, and I bet a lot of you did, too,” he said. But they didn’t face charges that could hurt them the rest of their lives, he said.
“We need to make sure we have the same kind of quality of treatment all across our city,” he said.
▪ The Raleigh Republican Club will host the First Presidential Debate Watching Party of 2016 at Raleighwood Cinema Grill, 6609 Falls of Neuse Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a short program featuring local candidates before the main event. Entry is $10, with proceeds going to support Republican candidates in state and local races.
▪ Candidates for Wake school board and commissioners will take part in a series of forums sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, El Pueblo, League of Women Voters of Wake County, Raleigh-Apex NAACP, Shaw University, St. James United Methodist Church and WakeUP Wake County. Candidates will make opening and closing statements and will be asked questions by the organizations and the audience. The Western Wake school board forum for Districts 8 and 9 will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, 200 High Meadow Dr. in Cary. The Eastern Wake school board forum for Districts 1, 2, 4 will begin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at St. James United Methodist Church, 3808 St. James Church Road in Raleigh. The Board of Commissioners forum for Districts 4 and 6 will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Shaw University, Estey Hall Auditorium, 118 E. South St., in Raleigh. For information and to register, visit: wakeupwakecounty.org.
▪ Area Democratic candidates for the Wake school board and commissioners will speak to the Western Wake Dems at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Mellow Mushroom, 4300 NW Cary Parkway, Cary. Social hour at 6 p.m.; program at 7 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com.
▪ Robert Holt Edmunds Jr., senior associate justice for the N.C. Supreme Court, will speak to the Republican Women of Cary and Southwestern Wake on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch for $20 at noon. RSVP to RWCSW123@GMAIL.com
Compiled by Virginia Bridges and Jessica Banov.
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