Philadelphia Cannabis Decriminalization Law Takes Effect October 20th
A proposal that decriminalizes the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis will officially take effect tomorrow, October 20th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Under the new law, which was signed into law by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on October 1st after being approved 14 to 2 by the City Council, those caught possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis will be given a $25 ticket, unless they’re caught smoking in public, in which case the ticket will be raised to $100.
Under current Philadelphia law, those caught possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis are typically charged with a misdemeanor, and may spend up to 30 days in jail. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has agreed to abide by the new law, which will make Philadelphia the largest city in the U.S. to decriminalize cannabis, while it remains illegal under their state’s law.