By Emily Opilo
Allentown City Council approved an ordinance decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana within city limits Wednesday, although the rule is unlikely to be enforced.
The 4-3 vote, with the three former police officers on the board dissenting, would make possession of a small amount of marijuana — 30 grams or less — a summary offense rather than a misdemeanor.
The vote followed vigorous discussions Wednesday and at a committee meeting on the bill last week, when council members divided on the issue. Opponents argued that the ordinance would contradict state law, but proponents said the ordinance would save police time and prevent those charged with possession from facing a criminal record.
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