I am often asked if the government in Pennsylvania is still prosecuting people for a small amount of marijuana. The answer is that in Pennsylvania, prosecution of marijuana crimes is selective.
In many municipalities, police are still offended by the mere idea of marijuana. As if several states had never legalized pot and as if the feds have changed their entire view of marijuana prosecution. Accordingly, if you live in one of the jurisdictions where the police view possession of marijuana as a major crime, my answer is that you will get prosecuted to the fullest extent of law.
However, in other jurisdictions, where the police are limited in numbers, marijuana prosecution is way down. In Philadelphia, the police are permitted to issue the equivalent of a ticket in a small amount of marijuana case. However, if someone is on probation, parole, or state parole, the Philadelphia police will most likely make a normal arrest.
Further, the legislature may soon be faced with the issue of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
Of course, in Pennsylvania, for a long time, we have distinguished between a small amount of marijuana and regular possession of illegal narcotics by statute. Thirty grams is the limit for small amount (personal use) when it comes to marijuana possession in Pennsylvania. The Statute:
Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, 35 P.S. 780-113 (a)(31), a person is guilty of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana if the individual; possesses a small amount of marijuana only for personal use; the possession of a small amount of marijuana with the intent to distribute it but not sell it; or the distribution of a small amount of marijuana but not for sale.