PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Marijuana Possession Ordinance Extended To Paraphernalia

The State College Borough Council approved unanimously to revise Ordinance 2078 at its meeting last night — which designates the possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana as a summary offense instead of criminal — to include drug paraphernalia Monday night.

The original ordinance was passed on August 1 and seen as a progressive step forward by most. It was criticized, however, for not being all-encompassing enough by some council members as early as last fall. The penalty for paraphernalia has been a $2,500 fine and possibly a year of jail time. The revision to the ordinance makes it a citation, costing a few hundred dollars and able to be left off a criminal record, the key difference between criminal and summary charges.

Discussion about the proposed revisions to the Property Maintenance Code were postponed to March 20, to allow students to attend.

The Council discussed plans for a new multi-use complex which may be built on the corner of College Ave. and South Atherton St., which will include housing and commercial space. The company wishing to build it, Collegiate Development Group, attended the public hearing to testify for the project, offering expert testimony from engineering and architectural contractors, after they were sworn in.

The company’s lawyer, Ron Lucas, represented the experts and led discussions about design and safety compliances the building must meet. The chief architect on the project, John Harding, testified before Council attesting the building meets all requirements. Harding explained other design components of the proposed building, named The Residences, and explained it would include 236 living units. Architects involved in the project were also involved with the Fraser Center’s design as well.

State College resident David Stone testified as well last night supporting the group and said he hopes it will work out. At the same time, Stone requested the new building not pollute the air around it more than necessary.

About the Author

James Turchick

James is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism, James enjoys writing about anything weird and is deadly allergic to bees. Onward State people are very nice to him.

Comments

More by James

Please Argue Somewhere Else: James Turchick’s Senior Column

“In the four years since I arrived at 502 Packer Hall with my roommate Mason and no clue what we were doing, I’ve become comfortable with where I think Penn State is heading.”

Penn State Student Artists Steel The Show Around Campus

Penn State Baseball Falls To West Virginia 3-2 In Extra Innings

Athletics

Penn State Hockey Releases 2018-19 Roster

Brett Murray is no longer on the team after an uneventful tenure in Happy Valley that saw him score just one goal in 33 games.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Student Life

Staff Picks: Grabbing A Drink With A Prominent Penn Stater

If you had the chance to hear about Penn State from (or throw down at a State College bar for a night with) some of its most prominent figures, who would you want to grab a beer with?

Freshman 101: Helpful Links

Nominations Now Open For Gender-Neutral Homecoming Court

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Mayor Don Hahn Plans To Veto Overnight Parking Restrictions In Highlands Neighborhood

Those in favor of the ordinance plan to consider overturning the veto at a special meeting next Monday.

While You Were Gone…

Here’s a roundup of what went on around Penn State during summer break.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Staff Picks: Grabbing A Drink With A Prominent Penn Stater

If you had the chance to hear about Penn State from (or throw down at a State College bar for a night with) some of its most prominent figures, who would you want to grab a beer with?

Send this to a friend