Lancaster City Council Votes in Favor of Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

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

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