- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An effort to decriminalize marijuana in Pennsylvania’s capitol city has hit a road block.

Harrisburg council members on Wednesday night discussed a proposal to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. But Pennlive.com (https://bit.ly/1YDS7Nq ) reports council members tabled the discussion so they could conduct more research after issues came up on how the changes would apply to juveniles.

Marijuana possession currently is deemed a misdemeanor that stays on an offender’s criminal history. The proposal would reduce the crime to the same level as a traffic ticket.

A third marijuana possession arrest would be deemed a misdemeanor under the plan. Incremental fine increases - starting at $100 - were also proposed.

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Information from: Pennlive.com, https://www.pennlive.com

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