Plymouth Township considering ordinance that would provide police alternative to cite those possessing marijuana

On the January 4th agenda (view) for final consideration for Plymouth Township’s Council is an ordinance that would provide law enforcement the ability to cite with a non-traffic citation to those found with small amounts of marijuana, paraphernalia, and smoking marijuana in a public place.

Fines would be $25 for possession of a small amount of marijuana or paraphernalia and $100 for smoking marijuana in a public place.

Currently, those found in violation are charged criminally or issued a disorderly conduct citation. During the December 14th discussion (see video below) about the proposed ordinance, the township’s police chief, John Myrsiades, states that issuing a disorderly conduct citation isn’t really applicable and there is a need for an ordinance to address the issue specifically.

When it comes to minors, law enforcement will have the same ability to issue a non-traffic citation (to the minor or the parent/guardian on the minor’s behalf), plus notify parents/guardians of the offense, and direct those involved to information on drug education programs.

Whitemarsh Township adopted a similar ordinance in October of 2020.

If Plymouth’s Council decides, the ordinance will be voted on the agenda for its January 11th meeting for a formal vote.

Below are the discussions on the ordinance that took place during a December 7th workshop meeting and the December 14th regular meeting. The videos are qued to start at the discussion.