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Philadelphia mayor to sign pot decriminalization bill

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 8, 2014 7:14 PM
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(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia has flashed the green light for a bill to allow the city's Police Department to stop arresting people from possessing small amounts of marijuana.

The original bill passed City Council in June with a veto-proof majority, but it was not known until Monday whether Mayor Michael Nutter would sign it. He said he would.

The measure's sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, says it calls for a $25 fine for people caught with less than an ounce of pot.

He says the offense wouldn't go on the person's record and compared it to a parking ticket.

Part of the compromise with the mayor is the addition of a $100 fine or community service for public consumption of marijuana.

It is expected to take effect October 20.

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