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City of York, PA Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

July 24, 2017

 

Early this week in Pennsylvania, the York City Council voted to make the possession of small amounts of marijuana a summary offense with a maximum fine of $100 and no jail time. Previously, it was a criminal misdemeanor that carried up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both.

 

Related: SLIDESHOW - All of the States with Legal Weed

 

Imprisoning individuals for possessing small amounts of a substance that is safer than alcohol wastes valuable resources and can lead to a lifetime of harsh consequences, including denial of student financial aid, housing, employment, and professional licenses.

 

Related: PA Releases 12 MMJ Business Permits

 

York joins Pennsylvania’s three largest cities — Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg — and twenty-two states and the District of Columbia, which have stopped jailing individuals for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Across the state, towns and cities are considering similar commonsense policies. The time has come for statewide decriminalization.

 

Related: Qualifying Conditions for MMJ in Pennsylvania

 

To get involved locally, contact the Keystone Cannabis Coalition. You can find some background materials on decriminalization here.

 

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About the Author: Becky Dansky is a State Policies Legislative Counsel at the Marijuana Policy Project. Founded in 1995, Marijuana Policy Project is the largest advocacy organization in the United States that's sole focus is ending marijuana prohibition.

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