Harrisburg, PA: Minor marijuana possession offenders are no longer subject to arrest in the city of Harrisburg under a new local ordinance that took effect last week.
The municipal measure, approved by members of the City Council in July, reduces local marijuana possession penalties for first-time and second-time offenders from a criminal misdemeanor to a summary offense, punishable by a $75 fine.
State law classifies the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, possible driver's license suspension, and a criminal record.
Earlier this month, the state's auditor general publicly called for legalizing and taxing Pennsylvania's marijuana market. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated that he would not support such a broad policy change, but that he is in favor of decriminalization.
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