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Fri Jun 20, 2014, 03:38 PM

City of Philadelphia Decriminalizes Up to One Oz possession


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) ó Philadelphia City Council today signed off on a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. And there were enough votes to override what could be a veto this fall from Mayor Nutter.

All thirteen of City Councilís Democratic members voted in favor of the pot decriminalization bill, and Councilís three Republicans voted against.

The measure makes possession of about an ounce of pot punishable only by a $25 fine, with the matter never entering the court system.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who...supported the bill, said the police departmentís resources should be focused elsewhere.

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