Pennsylvania Lawmaker Wants To Double Marijuana Penalties
?A Pennsylvania legislator intends to introduce a bill which would double penalties for first-time marijuana possession in the Keystone State.Rep. Dick Hess, a Republican, wants to double penalties for first-time possession convictions for all Schedule I and Schedule II drugs, reports Derek Rosenzweig at Philly NORML. Marijuana is classed as a Schedule I drug, so the penalty for first-time pot possession would at one fell swoop go up from one year in jail and a $ 5,000 fine to two years and $ 10,000. For subsequent convictions it rises to three years and $ 25,000.This backwards bill would also increase penalties for possession, distribution and manufacturing of “drug paraphernalia,” whatever the hell that is, to two years and $ 5,000 for the first offense. A second offense brings three years and $ 10,000 in fines.
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