Nutter signs marijuana decriminalization

Beginning on Oct. 20, possession of less than an ounce of weed in Philadelphia will land you a fine cheaper than a parking ticket — $25 .

Mayor Michael Nutter signed City Councilman Jim Kenney’s marijuana decriminalization bill on Wednesday, making the bill law. The bill passed the Philadelphia City Council 14–2 on Sept. 18 .

Under the new law, a person stopped with less than 30 grams of marijuana will only have to pay a $25 fine, and the offense will not go on the person’s criminal record. Public consumption of marijuana will result in a $100 fine and mandatory community service.

“Decriminalizing means you will not be treated as a criminal for possessing small amounts of marijuana,” Nutter said at the signing. “You will not be arrested and put in jail.”


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