York Mayor Kim Bracey signs marijuana decriminalization bill

Written by Gary Haber/The York Daily Record | Jul 26, 2017 7:47 AM

FILE PHOTO: YOrk Mayor Kim Bracey. (Photo: York Daily Record, File)

(York) -- York Mayor Kim Bracey on Tuesday signed legislation making possession of small amounts of marijuana or smoking it in a public place a civil offense rather than a crime.

The action comes after City Council on July 18 passed a bill decriminalizing marijuana by a 4-1 vote.

The new law doesn't make possessing or smoking marijuana legal.

But instead of facing possible jail time and getting a criminal conviction on their record, violators will face a fine or community service.

York joins Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg as among the cities in Pennsylvania that have decriminalized marijuana possession.

By a 4-1 vote, City Council approved a bill introduced by Councilwoman Judy Ritter-Dickson subjecting those possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana to a civil fine or community service and not criminal prosecution and possible jail time. GARY HABER

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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