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Atlanta has taken a definite stand on the progressive side of thought and law when it comes to the argument of whether to decriminalize marijuana.
In a unanimous decision the Atlanta City Council voted to sanction the possession of small amounts of marijuana. This decision drops the penalty if caught with less than an ounce of weed from a $1,000 fine and up to six months in prison to no jail time and a fine up to $75.
Atlanta joins the list with other cities like Washington D.C. Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and Kansas City in decriminalizing the possession of weed. The push for decriminalization does not make smoking weed legal, rather it is a move to neutralize uneven policing and enforcement of drug laws that’s unjustly target African Americans.
The next step in making it a law will be getting the signature of Kasim Reed, the Mayor of Atlanta. There is no word yet on what the state legislature thinks of this decision but it is important to note the Governor of Georgia Nathan Deal signed a medical marijuana bill into law in May.
Many are viewing this decision as a first step to Georgia taking the ranks among California, Nevada and Colorado and making recreational use of marijuana legal. Do you agree with the newer stance being taking by government on marijuana? Let us know in the comments below!