Overhauled marijuana bill heads to Pittsburgh City Council

An marijuana bill headed to Pittsburgh City Council would charge those found with marijuana with only a city ordinance violation

FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. A southeastern Illinois company says it has started growing medical marijuana and may be the first in the state to do so. Officials at Ataraxia in the Edwards County city of Albion, Ill., said Monday, July 13, 2015 that they received state authorization July 10, and have started cultivating the genetic strains that will be the basis of their products. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) – An overhauled marijuana bill headed to Pittsburgh’s City Council would charge those found in possession of the drug with only the violation of a city ordinance.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1Mjx8Ox) reports that the measure, which goes before the council on Tuesday, stipulates that the charge would be violating an ordinance prohibiting “certain defined conduct” and would contain no references to marijuana.

The offense would still appear on the docket, but just as a violation of prohibited conduct.

Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle says the bill would make it difficult for employers to uncover a drug violation through a simple court records search.

Lavelle says supporters of changes to the Steel City’s marijuana laws are seeking to craft legislation similar to that of Philadelphia, where violators are processed through a civil office.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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