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Pot bill one step closer to final passage and approval

The decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana is almost a done deal.

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The decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana is almost a done deal.

City Council unanimously approved amendments Thursday to the bill, which includes a $100 fine for smoking pot in public and a $25 fine for holding less than an ounce, but neither infraction will result in an arrest.

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The bill will likely pass at the next Council session on Sept. 18, and will subsequently be signed by Mayor Michael Nutter.

Councilman Jim Kenney, the bill's key sponsor, said the law will kick off a new era in law enforcement that will save reputations and futures of young residents.

"These are young folks mostly with youthful indiscretion that we all are experienced with and it shouldn't affect their life moving forward," Kenney said.

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