Effort to decriminalize pot in Harrisburg hits road block

HARRISBURG — 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 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.