Atlanta City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Getty Last week the Atlanta, Georgia City Council voted 15-0 to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis within the city limits. Previously, possession of under an ounce could get someone up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Now, possession of less than 28 grams comes with no jail time and a maximum fine of $75. From 2014 to 2016, over 90% of marijuana arrests in Atlanta were of African-Americans, according to the Racial Justice Action Center. In total, black people make up about 54% of the city’s population. The decriminalization measure was sponsored by...

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