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Philadelphia City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana


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According to reports by Philadelphia Magazine and The Daily Chronic, the Philadelphia City Council has voted to decriminalize marijuana possession consistent with personal use.

Under the city ordinance, a person in possession of a small amount of marijuana in the amount of 30 grams or less would not be arrested (absent additional circumstances outlined in the law).  Instead, a person cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana under the city ordinance would be subject to a $25 fine and, upon payment of the fine, eligible for expungement.

However, the Philadelphia City Council's vote to decriminalize marijuana does not make the law immediately effective.  The mayor has until September to sign or veto the bill.  So, the waiting game begins for marijuana advocates and pot smokers looking to take advantage of this additional freedom.

No Marijuana Decriminalization for Central PA

If and when the Philadelpia city ordinance becomes official, marijuana legalization will not take effect throughout Pennsylvania under this law.

Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana is still illegal in Pennsylvania.

Under Pennsylvania law, it is a Misdemeanor Crime to possess a small amount of marijuana for personal use.  For the purposes of this law, like the city ordinance, a small amount is defined as 30 grams of weed or less.

In addition to the risk of a potential drug conviction, a person charged with marijuana possession also faces a minimum driver's license suspension of 6 months (among other penalties) if found guilty of the crime.

Accused of Marijuana Possession? Get Help from an Experienced Professional.

When you have been charged with a drug crime, you need to get an experienced and professional Central PA Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer involved in your case at the earliest possible stage. 

Contact Shawn Curry Law for help today.

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