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Posted: October 11, 2017

Atlanta mayor signed marijuana ordinance into law

Atlanta | WSBTV



  • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed the marijuana ordinance into law
  • The new legislation means that anyone caught with less than an ounce of marijuana could face a $75 fine and no jail time.
  • The Atlanta City Council tweeted via its verified Twitter account Wednesday morning that Reed had vetoed the ordinance.
  • The Atlanta City Council recalled the statement within 40 minutes in a tweet, saying Reed had not vetoed the ordnance as previously stated.
  • Reed tweeted that he had not vetoed the ordinance, then went on V-103 radio at 8 a.m. to continue discussing what he called a "political stunt" by the Atlanta City Council.

We're talking to the mayor's office about the decision for updates throughout the day on Channel 2 Action News. 

The Atlanta City Council has recalled a statement regarding the mayor and marijuana legislation.

The Atlanta City Council tweeted on its verified account Wednesday morning that Mayor Kasim Reed had vetoed the marijuana legislation for less than one ounce.

Less than 40 minutes later, they recalled the statement. 

Atlanta City Council unanimously passed the legislation that would reduce the penalties for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana Oct. 2.

[READ: Should less than an ounce of marijuana send you to jail?]

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?"

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