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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