PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh City Council is set to take a preliminary vote on an ordinance that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana or hashish.

Scores of supporters packed a council hearing Tuesday in favor of the ordinance, which will receive an initial vote Wednesday. If it passes, council must formally approve it in another vote – which is expected – and Mayor Bill Peduto says he’ll sign it.

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If the ordinance passes, police could fine people $25 to $100 and seize the drugs as long as the person had less than 30 grams of marijuana. That’s about an ounce. People could have about eight grams of hash.

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Supporters say the law would prevent people from having a criminal record for a minor offense that some argue disproportionately affects black people. Pittsburgh’s police chief is behind the move, too.

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