Report: Philadelphia expected to decriminalize marijuana

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PHILADELPHIA — Soon the punishment for having a small amount of marijuana in Philadelphia will be similar to a parking ticket.

CBS Philly reported the mayor plans to sign a bill to loosen the laws.  It will result in a $25 fine for possession of an ounce or less of the substance.

Those cited would appear before a municipal court judge but there would be no criminal record.

Anyone caught smoking marijuana in a public place would be fined $100, which could be waived in exchange for public service, CBS Philly reported.

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