Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Signs Legislation To Ease Penalties For Marijuana Possession

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Signs Legislation To Ease Penalties For Marijuana Possession

Atlanta Mayor Reduces Ridiculous Penalty for Weed Possession

Mayor Reed announced he had approved the legislation after a brief Twitter dispute early Wednesday morning.

Reed was expected to sign the legislation into city law, tweeting "I look forward to reviewing and signing the legislation". Reed said he signed the legislation last night and called the false tweet "a political stunt".

Communications Director for City Council Dexter Chambers explained over the phone on V-103 a new hire had sent a tweet out Wednesday morning stating Reed had vetoed the legislation.

Mayor Reed responded by calling it a "political stunt".

The City Council later said the mayor's veto email was regarding the sale of a portion of land to Hapeville. It was not intended as a political move, Chambers said. It's mind boggling to see how irresponsible every station has been this morning.

"I am pleased to sign this ordinance, which eliminates jail time as a penalty for a conviction for possession of less than an ounce, into law".

"In Atlanta and in Fulton County, 93 percent of the arrests for small amounts of marijuana are the arrests of African-Americans, that is the most biased rate of arrests in the country", city councilman Kwanza Hall told CBS46 News. The previous penalty was a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

The Public Safety Committee voted the marijuana proposal down 10-4 in April.

Members said at the time they hadn't had enough opportunity to discuss it with Mayor Kasim Reed's administrative team, the Atlanta Business Journal reported. "We have all these issues that have taken up the administration's attention".

"It's still a crime under state statutes", councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms said.

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