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Harrisburg to consider plan to decriminalize marijuana

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s capitol city is poised to hear a proposal that would decriminalize marijuana.

Harrisburg council members on Wednesday night plan to discuss Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s proposal, which lowers the penalties for marijuana possession.

Marijuana possession is currently deemed a misdemeanor that stays on an offender’s criminal history. Papenfuse’s 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 — are also proposed.

Papenfuse tells Pennlive.com he hopes to give people who’ve made a mistake another chance while not encouraging drug use.

The public will be able to talk to council members at Wednesday’s meeting.

The proposal could be fully voted on as early as next week.