Call it a victory for pot-smoking in a college town.

Or view it as a law change just confusing enough to land some students living on or near Penn State University’s main campus in bigger trouble than they envisioned.

Just as the fall semester starts, State College is becoming the latest municipality in Pennsylvania to move toward decriminalizing marijuana.

A new ordinance effective Sept. 7 will give borough police discretion to treat possession and use of 30 grams or less as a summary offense, rather than a misdemeanor violation of state law punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine and potentially loss of student financial aid.

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Bill Schackner ~ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ~

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