Councilman Kwanza Hall introduced the legislation in March.
The current law allows for a penalty of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail for anyone caught in possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. The new legislation would lower that to just a $75 ticket and no jail time.
In the past, Hall has said the issue is a racial one.
“Ninety percent of the people who are in our jails for possession of marijuana are young African-Americans,” Hall said. “People are losing their jobs. People are losing their scholarships. Families are being torn apart for something that we should really be ashamed of.”
"Half of the country has awoken up to this. It's time for Atlanta to be awake as well," Hall said.
Hall said the current laws disproportionately affect minorities.
“Atlanta has to be the leader in this conversation of justice reform,” Hall said. "This is a fact. We're not making up the numbers. You go over to the jail, what do you see?"