Pittsburgh council passes `certain defined conduct' marijuana bill

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh City Council has approved ticketing those possessing marijuana with violating a city ordinance banning "certain defined conduct."

The bill approved Tuesday is a way for the city to fine people up to $100 for possessing a small amount of marijuana instead of filing a misdemeanor possession charge that results in a criminal arrest record.

The new citation will still show up on a person's record, but "marijuana" won't be mentioned, only that the person was fined for "certain defined conduct."

Councilman Ricky Burgess praised the measure as a way to keep people from winding up with a career-threatening record for a relatively minor offense.

Councilwoman Darlene Harris was the only dissenter in the 8-1 vote. She's argued it's up to state or federal authorities to decriminalize pot.