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Bill No. 12-2018 - Establishing a Summary Offense for Marijuana Possession

AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LANCASTER ACKNOWLEDGING THE ADOPTION BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, DRUG, DEVICE, AND COSMETIC ACT; FINDING THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL SAFETY AND WELFARE OF THE PUBLIC BY ESTABLISHING A MECHANISM TO PROCESS THE MINOR NON-VIOLENT OFFENSES OF PERSONAL POSSESSION OR PERSONAL USE OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND/OR PERSONAL POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA PARAPHERNALIA WITHIN THE CITY OF LANCASTER; ESTABLISHING DEFINITIONS; ESTABLISHING THE PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED WHEN A POLICE OFFICER FINDS ONE TO BE IN PERSONAL POSSESSION OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA, OR TO HAVE HAD PERSONAL USE OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA; WHEN A POLICE OFFICER FINDS ONE TO BE IN PERSONAL POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA PARAPHERNALIA; PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF THE ORDINANCE; AND PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF INCONSISTENT ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR THE SEVERABILITY OF THE ORDINANCE; AND PROVIDING THAT THE ORDINANCE SHALL TAKE EFFECT IN ACCORDANCE WITH PENNSYLVANIA LAW.