Alcohol and Drug Laws in Pennsylvania– A Summary
It is illegal for anyone under twenty-one years of age to
attempt to purchase, consume, possess, or knowingly and intentionally transport any liquor, malt, or brewed beverage. By
law, the State College Police Department and University Police
are required to notify parents or guardians of all underage
Carrying False ID
It is illegal for anyone under twenty-one to possess an identification card falsely identifying that person by name, age, date
of birth, or photograph as being twenty-one or older.
It is illegal to appear in any public place under the influence
of alcohol to the degree that you may endanger yourself or
other persons or property, or annoy others in your vicinity.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
It is illegal for anyone under twenty-one to drive a vehicle
with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher, and it is illegal
for those twenty-one or older to drive with a blood alcohol
content of .08 or higher.
Furnishing to Minors
It is illegal to knowingly sell or furnish, or purchase with the
intent to sell or furnish, any liquor, malt, or brewed beverage
to a person who is less than twenty-one years of age. You can
be convicted of furnishing alcohol even if you are under age
Medical Marijuana Act
Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act went into effect in May
2016. However, marijuana in any form remains a prohibited
controlled (essentially, illegal) substance under federal law.
Penn State’s federal funding would be in jeopardy if these
federal laws did not take precedence over state law. Therefore, the use and/or possession by individuals of marijuana in
any form and for any purpose continues to be a violation of
University illegal substance policies.
QUANTITY GRADE JAIL TIME FINE
30 grams or less
or 8 grams or
less of hashish
Misdemeanor 30 days $0-$500
Over 30 grams Misdemeanor 1 year $0-$5,000
Paraphernalia Misdemeanor 1 year $0-$2,500
State College, PA Ordinances
Open Container Ordinance
It is illegal to have an open container of alcohol in any public
parking lot or public parking garage, public street, public sidewalk, public alley, or public park in State College.
Public Urination and Defecation Ordinance
It is illegal to urinate or defecate in/on a public place, private
property where the public is admitted, or private property
without consent of the owner. It is illegal to urinate or defecate in any public place other than in an appropriate sanitary
facility or fail to clean, remove, or dispose of it properly.
The policies regarding marijuana possession on campus differ
from those in State College Borough. State College Police have
the option to charge an individual with a summary offense,
instead of a misdemeanor, for possession of a small amount
of marijuana or possession of marijuana paraphernalia within
the Borough police jurisdiction. Under the ordinance, police
can charge an individual in possession of thirty grams or less
of marijuana or eight grams or less of hashish with a summary offense that carries a fine of $250. Police can also charge an
individual who is caught smoking marijuana, which includes
vaping, with a summary offense that carries a fine of $350.
The potential penalties resulting from a conviction of
marijuana or paraphernalia possession include:
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