What are the penalties for a person under 18 years of age in Philadelphia with less than 30 grams (one ounce) of cannabis and is smoking it in a public space (a street, alley, park, sidewalk, a vehicle in or upon any street, alley, park or parking area, or any other place to which the public is invited).​

The parent or guardian of a minor under the age of eighteen years who is in possession of weed 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 weed;

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 smoking 30 grams or less of cannabis is a $100.00 fine for each violation or up to nine hours of community service, as deemed appropriate by the court.

This law is typically enforced by the PHILADELPHIA police in Philadelphia County. Not all law enforcement agency are required to follow local laws. Philadelphia Code Title 10 §10-2102 5(b).

The police or other authorized law enforcement officer will issue a Notice of Violation in person or via First Class Mail.

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