Article 718, an amendment to the civil code of York city introduced by Councilwoman Judy Ritter-Dickson, will change the offense of marijuana (under 30 grams) and related paraphernalia possession from a criminal to civil offense, and introduce a sliding fine system. Fines for using marijuana in the city will start at $150 for the first offense, double to $300 for a second offense, and $600 for a third offense.
This policy brief prepared by the York County Policy Council examines the arguments for and against passing such legislation, demonstrating clear economic and social benefits while highlighting some public concerns about decriminalizing the drug.
Nicholas Longstreet, Senior Policy Analyst
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