Atlanta Rappers Rejoice Over Cannabis Decriminalization Measure

  • Atlanta Rappers Rejoice Over Cannabis Decriminalization Measure

Atlanta Rappers Rejoice Over Cannabis Decriminalization Measure

City council members voted 15-0 in favor of decriminalizing marijuana Monday, all but making Atlanta the latest major USA city to roll back penalties for individuals caught possessing small amounts of weed.

The measure, which passed 15-0, amends the local law so that possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is punishable by a $75 fine, and no more.

The next step towards making it a law involves getting the signature of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Previously, those caught with marijuana possession in Atlanta could receive up to six months of jail time and a maximum fine of $1,000.

The decriminalization effort was pushed forward by City Council Member Kwanza Hall, who is also running to succeed Reed as mayor in November's election. Are you in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana (less than 1 ounce) in Atlanta?

Hall introduced the ordinance in part to address disparities in marijuana-related arrests, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

It shall be unlawful for any person to possess one ounce or less of marijuana within the corporate limits of the city. "And [we're] taking away law enforcement resources that could actually be spent to keep our communities safe". Like Atlanta, possession of marijuana remains illegal in Clarkston.

The Chairman of the Public Safety and Legal Affairs Committee Andre Dickens told the room he supported the ordinance and said, "It is unfortunate, that although marijuana use is equal amongst all racial lines, more than 90 percent of all marijuana charges that require jail time are disproportionately given to African Americans". On Thursday October 12, there will be a candlelight vigil Thursday night at the Museum of Civil and Human Rights to pay tribute to all those who have perished as a result of the drug war.

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