Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

YORK, PA — Another city in Pennsylvania has voted to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a fine-only offense.

Earlier this week, the York City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of under 30 grams of marijuana, reducing the penalty to a maximum fine of $100 and no jail time for first-time offenders.

A second offense within five years would result in a fine of $300, with a third carrying a $600 fine.  For those that can not afford to pay the fines, there is an option for offenders to perform community service instead.

Under state law, marijuana possession is a criminal misdemeanor that carried up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both.

York joins three of Pennsylvania’s largest cities — Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg — in reducing penalties for simple marijuana possession, adding support to advocates who are pushing for statewide decriminalization, a policy change that is supported by Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat.

Pennsylvania residents can contact their elected officials in Harrisburg via an email campaign set up by the Marijuana Policy Project. Those looking to become more active in reform efforts in the state can contact the Keystone Cannabis Coalition for more information.

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