Atlanta mayoral candidates have mixed reactions to marijuana decriminalization proposal

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 14, 2017

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By Maggie Lee, contributor 

Atlanta City Council debated — but didn’t decide — to relax the city’s punishment for possession of less than an ounce of weed. Among folks who want to be the next mayor, there’s some support for the idea of making it a non-arrestable offense, but some questions and nuance too.

There’s one official proposal that’s Council’s heard: making possession of less than one ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine of up to $75 — but no threat of jail.  If it doesn’t move by the time this term ends in December, it’ll be up to a newly elected mayor and council to decide whether to return to the issue.

We asked the front runners in the mayor’s race what they think of the proposal; and, if there’s no movement on it this year, what their policy as mayor would be.

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