2016 by photographer and friend Kaylin Collingwood

2016 by photographer and friend Kaylin Collingwood

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Deconstructing Decriminalization

Deconstructing Decriminalization

Bill 2245 is the decriminalization of small amount of cannabis in the city of Pittsburgh and is currently listed as “Passed Finally.”

The Highlights:

As of the beginning of the New Year, “if you are found in possession of a small amount [of marijuana] or less, you’ll get a $25 ticket. If you’re found smoking it and in possession of that amount or less, you’ll get a $100 ticket” - Mayor Bill Peduto.

By the way friends, a “small amount” is considered to be 30 grams or less (over an ounce). 

The Hazy Areas:

While technically speaking it’s within the rights of the police force to charge you at the federal level, Council members believe being charged for said amount unfairly prevents some people from advancing in the job market.

However, paraphernalia laws remain untouched and unmentioned. Patrick K Nightingale of Pittsburgh Norml told us that while “paraphenalia is a max 6-12 month incarceration and $2,500 fine… it is typically handled with a disorderly conduct and a preliminary hearing.”

So, ditch the pieces, guys. They're gonna get you in trouble. Too  bad there's not some other kind of way to smoke. Like, the way you do with cigarettes.

Update 11/01/2016: Yes, it's 100% decriminalized to carry a couple grams and some blunt wraps as paraphernalia has been officially defined by the DEA as bongs, pipes, or syringes. 

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