Georgia Lawmakers Include Marijuana Decriminalization In Policing Reform Bill

Georgia Lawmakers Include Marijuana Decriminalization In Policing Reform Bill

Georgia lawmakers included a provision to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession as part of a recently filed comprehensive policing reform bill. The Georgia Justice Act, which Senate Democrats introduced to coincide with the reconvening of the legislation session this week, covers a wide range of issues such as police body cameras, no-knock warrants, racial profiling, demilitarizing law enforcement and cannabis policy reform. Under the decriminalization component, state law would be amended to make it so possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana would be a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $300 fine without the threat of jail time. Possession of more than a half-ounce but less than two ounces would carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine, or up to one year of community service. Current law stipulates that possession of up to one ounce of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. “We have long felt the anguish that many Americans of all races are now experiencing. Racism is deeply embedded in our criminal justice system and it has permeated our society,” Sen. Harold Jones II (D), the Democratic Caucus Whip and an original sponsor of the legislation, said in a press release. He also made the case that cannabis possession charges lead to potentially dangerous police interactions. Of course, as long as there’s still a fine component attached to low-level possession, there would presumably continue to be some level of…

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