Atlanta City Council

Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing #Marijuana

  • According to an update by Peachtree NORML, the Atlanta City Council will take a vote Ordinance 17-O-1152, an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana, on May 15, 2017.
  • When the issue was first considered, the council voted to table the ordinance, “citing fear of moving forward without a strong implementation process between law enforcement personnel and the local administration.”
  • If approved, the ordinance would enable city law enforcement to issue a $75 citation to anyone caught possessing up to one ounce of marijuana.
  • It is important to note that ordinance would only apply to the Atlanta Police Department, which means other law enforcement agencies operating within the city, such as the State Patrol, would still be able to make arrests for simple possession.
  • According to the city’s website, the Atlanta City Council will meet at 55 Trinity Avenue in the Council Chamber at 1:00 PM ET on May 15.

Atlanta City Council is once again thinking about decriminalizing marijuana within city limits, voting on an ordinance on May 15, 2017.

@MJINews: Atlanta City Council to Reconsider Decriminalizing #Marijuana

Georgia’s capital city is once again thinking about decriminalizing marijuana within city limits. According to an update by Peachtree NORML, the Atlanta City Council will take a vote Ordinance 17-O-1152, an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana, on May 15, 2017.

This is the second time this year that the council has considered decriminalizing marijuana. When the issue was first considered, the council voted to table the ordinance, “citing fear of moving forward without a strong implementation process between law enforcement personnel and the local administration.”

If approved, the ordinance would enable city law enforcement to issue a $75 citation to anyone caught possessing up to one ounce of marijuana. Under current state law, possessing up to an ounce of marijuana is an offense punishable by up to 12 months in prison and a $1000 fine.

It is important to note that ordinance would only apply to the Atlanta Police Department, which means other law enforcement agencies operating within the city, such as the State Patrol, would still be able to make arrests for simple possession.

According to the city’s website, the Atlanta City Council will meet at 55 Trinity Avenue in the Council Chamber at 1:00 PM ET on May 15.

When it comes to marijuana enforcement, it’s no secret that racial disparities persist even though black and white communities use marijuana at similar rates. The most recent reminder of this comes from the Old Dominion State, where Virginia marijuana arrests continue to disproportionately affect black communities.

Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau is ready to talk Canadian cannabis taxes with the country’s provinces. On May 15, 2017, during a House of Commons meeting for the Standing Committee on Finance, Morneau addressed the Budget Measure Implementation Act and closed his opening remarks with a note on cannabis taxes.

After eight years of banishment from NASCAR due to unpaid fines, race car driver Carl Long was poised to make his triumphant return to the sport at a race in Kansas on May 12, 2017, but that return was quickly overshadowed after news emerged that NASCAR had forced Long to remove a decal from his car that was advertising a marijuana company.

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