#Marijuana Decriminalization was approved in #Atlanta, Georgia earlier this week. City officials unanimously passed an ordinance that essentially eliminates jail time for anyone possessing a small amount of cannabis.
Much like a traffic citation, someone in Atlanta possessing an ounce or less of #Marijuana will receive a ticket and be fined $75 instead of being arrested. Under the old rules, a person would face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if caught by police.
The marijuana decriminalization measure was introduced to city legislators by Councilman Kwanza Hall in March. He proposed changes to the previous cannabis laws because he believes they unfairly targeted African-Americans.
Per Hall’s statistics, nearly 92 percent of people imprisoned for pot possession are black.
Police have other things to do
In a recent interview with host Maria Boyton at Atlanta radio station V-103, Hall, who is currently running to be Atlanta’s next mayor, said the police need to focus on violent crime and not waste “money on penalizing the possession of less than an