Change is never fast. Marijuana will inevitably be legal at the federal level before you know it, but before that happens a bunch of dominos need to fall at the state and local level. This shift is happening nationwide, including in college towns where law enforcement has been notoriously strict about marijuana.
State College, Pennsylvania — home to Penn State — is one of those communities. Last night the town council voted to decriminalize marijuana, making possession the equivalent of a traffic ticket. That’s evolution, baby!
Via Onward State:
The State College Borough Council approved an ordinance decriminalizing the possession of marijuana by a vote of 5 to 2 Monday evening. The ordinance effectively changes the penalty for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana to a non-traffic citation and a fine of $250, as well as a fine of $350 for smoking marijuana in public.
A few council members were also vocal about their support of the ordinance, including councilman Evan Myers who said “Penn State needs to get on the side of the students… We can take action and we should take action.”
Not that marijuana being decriminalized is going to cause more people to smoke, but this is tremendous news for fans of drunk munchie spot Are U Hungry?, home of the Fat Blunt. You gain 10 pounds just by reading the menu there: