What are the penalties for a minor or person under the age of 18 when purchasing less than 30 grams of cannabis in a public space?

The parent or guardian of a minor under the age of eighteen years who is in possession of cannabis will also be in violation.

The officer who observes a violation of this Section by a minor shall:

1.Temporarily detain the minor and follow all existing procedures for the handling of summary offenses committed by a minor;

2. Advise the parent or guardian that the minor was found in possession of a small amount of cannabis;

3. Issue a Notice of Violation to the minor and to the parent or guardian, and advise the parent or guardian that he or she is responsible for the payment of the violation fine; and

4. Provide the parent or guardian with contact information for the Philadelphia Office of Behavioral Health or similar agency where substance abuse educational and treatment programs are available.

Assuming no other violations or crimes are being committed at the time, the penalty for possessing 30 grams or less of cannabis is a $25.00 fine for each violation. Philadelphia Code Title 10 §10-2102 5(a).

The PHILADELPHIA police or other authorized law enforcement officer will issue a Notice of Violation in person or via First Class Mail. Not all law enforcement agency are required to follow local laws.

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