Committee to discuss decriminalization of marijuana in Harrisburg

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013, file photo, a man smokes marijuana inside his apartment where he uses a hydroponics system to grow his weed in Mexico City. The Mexican government has awarded, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, four people the first permits allowing growing and possession of marijuana for personal use. The government’s medical protection agency says the permits apply only to the four plaintiffs who won a November Supreme Court ruling. The permits don’t allow smoking marijuana in the presence of children, or anyone who hasn’t given their consent. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – On Wednesday, Harrisburg City Council’s Public Safety Committee will discuss changing the penalty for people caught with a small amount of marijuana.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse wants to follow the steps other cities have taken to decriminalize marijuana so the punishment is almost like that of a parking ticket.

Offenders would pay a fine for possessing small amounts of marijuana and would not serve prison time.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

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