PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia is a signature away from becoming the largest city in America to decriminalize marijuana possession, according to multiple published reports.
Mayor Michael Nutter said Monday he will sign a bill that essentially fines people $25 for the possession of marijuana under an ounce, CBS Philly reported.
A citation for possession would require an appearance before a Municipal Court judge, the news station said, but there would be no criminal record. A $100 fine will be handed to anyone caught smoking marijuana in public, phillymag.com reported.
Philadelphia’s current law at the bare minimum carries a $200 fine for marijuana possession, drug abuse courses and an arrest record, according to the Huffington Post.