Police officers in Philadelphia issued 1,359 code violations for marijuana possession and public smoking during 2015, according to the city's Office of Administrative Review (OAR).
Fines are $25 for possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis and $100 for publicly toking. The citations also do not generate any permanent criminal record.
The OAR data also shows that less than a third of the monetary penalties have been paid so far. Of the $40,590 due in fines, $12,885 had been paid when the report was issued in March.
Some of that may have been due to computer issues. Mike Whiter, the US Marine Corps veteran and marijuana advocate, got the first fine in October 2014. But it was months before his citation actually appeared in the city's online system for him to make his payment.
Last year was the first full year of marijuana decriminalization. Arrests are down more than 80 percent. It is up to the discretion of the officer during the encounter whether to pull out the ticket pad or the handcuffs. It's not just PPD that have the option but SEPTA Transit Police and other city agencies as well.
There were still some arrests, 633 adults and 151 juveniles. As Philly420 previously reported, a striking racial disparity remains among those arrested for weed. Last year, 518 of the adults and 112 of the juveniles hauled into holding cells for marijuana were black.
Race, gender and age breakdowns were not available for the code violations.
The month with the most code violations for marijuana in 2015 was July, with 116 possession tickets and 31 for public smoking.
Back in 2013, before decrim was enacted, Philadelphia police arrested 4,317 for marijuana possession: 3,754 adults and 563 juveniles. At the time, every single person caught with even a roach was made to endure handcuffs and a holding cell.
A study conducted by the RAND Corporation for the state of Vermont - where possession was decriminalized statewide in 2013 - estimated that making an arrest for weed costs taxpayers $1,266 every time but that writing a ticket cost just $20.
By that measure, Philadelphia saved about $4.4 million last year utilizing the new procedure. So the unpaid code violations are a drop in the bucket compared the money the city made by taking a new approach to marijuana.