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$75 Fine for Possession of Marijuana in Georgia

$75 Fine for Possession of Marijuana in Georgia

In Clarkston, Georgia a hard-fought local ordinance amendment will weaken penalties for simple possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. The amendment will change the penalty to a maximum $75 fine [1].

Clarkston is the first city in Georgia to decriminalize the use and possession of marijuana, which is still illegal under state law [2]. Mayor Ted Terry believes that by decriminalizing marijuana, the community of Clarkston is safer and people’s futures will not be limited over a non-violent offense [2].

Those in Clarkston are not the only ones in the state who want weaker charges for the use or possession of marijuana; counties like Athens-Clarke may also pass an ordinance that would set a standard fine and encourage officers to issue citations rather than arrest for simple possession [1].

Stay tuned to Rights First Law for more on this and other legal news.

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[1]https://www.redandblack.com/athensnews/clarkston-passes-ordinance-to-weaken-penalties-for-possession-of-marijuana/article_7950bd0c-4378-11e6-969b-6f22b9f3bb5d.html

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