Atlanta Is The Next City To Decriminalize Marijuana
On Monday night, Atlanta's city council made the decision to decriminalize marijuana within the city limits. What does this mean for the city and, by extension, the state of Georgia?
For starters, the move to decriminalize marijuana doesn't mean that it's suddenly legal in Atlanta. What it does mean, however, is that if you are caught with an ounce or less of marijuana, you won't have to face jail time. Instead, you'll be slapped with a $75 fine.
The aim of this move is to reduce the number of people that are jailed for marijuana possession. It's part of a wider move to reduce the amount of pressure being put on prisons around the country.
You definitely don't want to be caught with weed outside of Atlanta. Outside the city limits, possession is still punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and a 6-month jail term.
Despite Atlanta's decision, it will still be illegal to buy, sell or grow cannabis within the city.
The city council's decision comes as part of a wider trend among cities that lie within states where marijuana is illegal. Both Kansas City and Pittsburgh have recently passed similar laws to decriminalize within their city limits.