Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Decriminalization Ordinance

Atlanta, GA: Members of the Atlanta city council unanimously approved municipal legislation on Monday decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses.

Ordinance 17-0-1152 amends local law so that marijuana possession offenses involving up to one ounce of cannabis are punished by a civil fine of no more than $75 – no arrest, no jail, and no criminal record.

Under Georgia state law, minor marijuana possession offenses are classified as criminal misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

“Atlanta is celebrating a big win for their community and for its future,” said Sharon Ravert, founder of Peachtree NORML. “We will do our best to make sure that the public is aware of this forthcoming ordinance and to ensure that the police follow the spirit of the new law.”

The measure now awaits the signature of city mayor Kasim Reed, who has publicly voiced his support for the new law.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit Peachtree NORML.