Philadelphia has enacted legislation that allows police to ticket people for possessing small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them.
The statute calls for a $25 fine for anyone caught with less than an ounce of pot. The new law takes effect Oct. 20.
Councilman Jim Kenney, who sponsored the bill, compared the fine to a parking ticket. Violations won't become part of a person's criminal record.
Public consumption of marijuana will result in a $100 fine or up to nine hours of community service. The drug will also be confiscated.
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Mayor Michael Nutter signed the legislation Wednesday. City Council had approved it in June.