the new law does not legalize the sale of marijuana but reduces the severity of the punishment if found in possession of the drug. Persons found with ounce marijuana will face a fine of $75 and no imprisonment. Previously, more than one ounce would draw a fine of $1,000 and six months jail time.
The new of the decriminalization of marijuana in Atlanta, was well received by rappers. 2 Chainz, Big Boi, and Killer Mike took to Instagram on Monday to celebrate the victory. Rapper 2 Chainz commended the move saying that it would save many people from bullshit charges.
At the frontline of pushing the amendment is Councilman and candidate for mayor, Kwanza Hall. By sponsoring the measure, he noted that families were being destroyed by merely possessing an ounce of marijuana. He further added that the people of color had been left behind, neglected, and currently suffering under the harsh law.
In Atlanta, 92% of all arrests for marijuana possession by police involved African Americans. The laws chastised a segment of the community unfairly –to some extent being racist.
Looking to the future, legalizing weed in the country is the only solution, and hopefully, more states will grant citizens the freedom to cultivate, sell and use marijuana. Outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed has one week to allow the regulation or to turn it down.