Harrisburg City Council to discuss decriminalizing pot

FILE - In this June 17, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. Minnesota health officials will allow residents with chronic pain to buy medical marijuana starting in August, they announced Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in a long-awaited decision that could expand enrollment in the state's struggling program by thousands of patients. (AP Photo/Jim Mone,File)

HARRISBURG Pa., (WHTM) – Wednesday night Harrisburg City Council’s Public Safety Committee will discuss decriminalizing marijuana.

It’s a move several other cities in the state, like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, have already made.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse wants to add Harrisburg to that list. Installing a “three strikes program” with penalties similar to those of a parking ticket.

For a first offense, a fine of $100. A second offense, $200, and the third would result in a misdemeanor charge.

Papenfuse says this would help police to focus on more serious violent crimes, instead of being in court for these charges.

Wednesday’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.

It is the latest in a series of public meetings on the topic. So far, the response has been positive.

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