Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing Marijuana

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Georgia’s capital city is once again thinking about decriminalizing marijuana within city limits. According to an update by Peachtree NORML, the Atlanta City Council will take a vote Ordinance 17-O-1152, an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana, on May 15, 2017.

This is the second time this year that the council has considered decriminalizing marijuana. When the issue was first considered, the council voted to table the ordinance, “citing fear of moving forward without a strong implementation process between law enforcement personnel and the local administration.”

If approved, the ordinance would enable city law enforcement to issue a $75 citation to anyone caught possessing up to one ounce of marijuana. Under current state law, possessing up to an ounce of marijuana is an offense punishable by up to 12 months in prison and a $1000 fine.

It is important to note that ordinance would only apply to the Atlanta Police Department, which means other law enforcement agencies operating within the city, such as the State Patrol, would still be able to make arrests for simple possession.

According to the city’s website, the Atlanta City Council will meet at 55 Trinity Avenue in the Council Chamber at 1:00 PM ET on May 15.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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