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This Major College Town Just Decriminalized Marijuana

Marijuana Diploma

Sticky Icky, Devil’s Lettuce, Left-Handed Cigarettes, all of the above have now been decriminalized in… State College, Pennsylvania. That’s right, Nittany Lions, gettin’ rang up with possession is now officially the equivalent of a traffic ticket. Congrats!

But seriously, that’s so clutch. Being hit with a real, legit possession charge is a real pain in the ass. I’ve know plenty of people (like my brother!) throughout my life who could have benefitted from this kind of legislation. The ordinance effectively changes the penalty for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana to a non-traffic citation and a fine of $250, as well as a fine of $350 for smoking marijuana in public. Sounds like a sweet, dainty slap on the wrist if I’ve ever heard one.

According to Onward State:

The State College Borough Council approved an ordinance decriminalizing the possession of marijuana by a vote of 5 to 2 Monday evening. The ordinance effectively changes the penalty for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana to a non-traffic citation and a fine of $250, as well as a fine of $350 for smoking marijuana in public.

A few council members were also vocal about their support of the ordinance, including councilman Evan Myers who said “Penn State needs to get on the side of the students… We can take action and we should take action.”

We all know Penn State’s track record with controversial decisions isn’t necessarily stellar, so it’s good to see them trending in the right direction.

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