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State College Borough Council Reduces Penalties For Marijuana Possession

The State College borough council meeting on August 1, 2016.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick

The State College borough council voted to reduce simple marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a summary offense.

State College police chief Tom King says this will likely not have a big impact on the borough’s police force. He said, “It will be used very infrequently because we have very few cases that are only small amounts of marijuana.”

In a video released yesterday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty said she supports the ordinance. 

Stricter penalties will still apply in the townships surrounding the State College borough and on Penn State University Park’s campus. 

Erin Cassidy Hendrick was an associate producer at WPSU. She produced the programs “BookMark” and “This I Believe” for the station.
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