Lancaster, PA: Members of the city council of Lancaster (population 59,000) have voted in favor of a municipal ordinance amending penalties for low-level marijuana offenses.
Under the policy, those within city limits found to be in the possession of either marijuana (up to one ounce) or marijuana paraphernalia will most likely face a summary charge punishable by fines of up to $75.00 and/or community service. Under state law, marijuana possession is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
In recent years, several other Pennsylvania cities - including Erie, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia - have similarly enacted local ordinances decriminalizing local penalties for marijuana violations.
For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit Lancaster NORML. NORML's report summarizing citywide decriminalization ordinances is available online.