Representative Ed Gainey has introduced legislation, House Bill 2076, to amend the state’s controlled substances act so that minor marijuana possession offenses are considered a non-criminal offense. But the bill needs support from all across the commonwealth. Please contact your representative and ask them to become a cosponsor. You can contact your Representative by sending an email using this link http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18839
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Amending the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), entitled “An act relating to the manufacture, sale and possession of controlled substances, other drugs, devices and cosmetics; conferring powers on the courts and the secretary and Department of Health, and a newly created Pennsylvania Drug, Device and Cosmetic Board; establishing schedules of controlled substances; providing penalties; requiring registration of persons engaged in the drug trade and for the revocation or suspension of certain licenses and registrations; and repealing an act,” further providing for prohibited acts and penalties.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 13(g) of the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, amended December 14, 1984 (P.L.988, No.200), is amended to read:
Section 13. Prohibited Acts; Penalties.–* * *
(g) Any person who violates clause (31) of subsection (a) is guilty of a [misdemeanor] summary offense and upon conviction thereof shall be [sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding thirty days, or] ordered to pay a fine not exceeding [five hundred dollars ($500), or both.] one hundred dollars ($100). A conviction under this subsection shall not trigger the mandatory license suspension provisions under 75 Pa.C.S. § 1532(c) (relating to suspension of operating privilege).
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Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.