Local lawmakers in Steelton, Pennsylvania will consider a plan to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis at a special meeting of the borough council held on Tuesday evening. And in a move not common with similar proposals in other jurisdictions, the idea has the support of the local chief of police.
Under the proposal, possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis would no longer be considered a criminal offense for first-time offenders. Instead, they would be charged with a summary offense and issued a fine of $25 to $100. Subsequent offenses would be subject to misdemeanor charges.
Steelton Chief of Police Anthony Minium told High Times in a telephone interview that he supports the decriminalization proposal as a matter of justice. He said that he has seen in his personal law enforcement experience people, ususally members of minority communities, who are treated harshly for possessing cannabis while more affluent people who commit more serious offenses “were getting a break because they can afford a high power attorney.”
“I figured it was time for somebody to take a stand and say ‘hey, let’s even the playing field,’” Minium said.
Minium told local media that decriminalization would allow police and