Philadelphia Decriminalizes Marijuana

PENNSYLVANIA: On Wednesday, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in the city.

The law, which downgrades possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana to a civil offense, goes into effect Oct. 20. While the new legislation does not legalize pot in the City of Brotherly Love, it reduces penalties stemming from possession and public use to small fines and community service.

It makes Philadelphia the largest city in the United States to decriminalize marijuana.

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