Pittsburgh’s City Council has given final approval to legislation that will decriminalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis, and up to 8 grams of hash. The vote was 7 to 2.
“The Mayor agrees with Council members, the District Attorney and many others that this is a common sense change that will help protect the futures of young people in our communities,” says mayoral spokesman Tim McNulty, indiciating that Mayor Bill Peduto will sign the ordinance into law once it reaches his desk (though even if he vetoes it, there was enough support in the Council to override it).
Under the approved law, which is also supported by the city’s police chief, those caught possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis, and/or up to 8 grams of hash, will be given, at most, an $100 ticket, rather than being arrested and put in jail for up to a month as the law currently stands.
Philadelphia is the only other city in Pennsylvania that has decriminalized cannabis.