Atlanta’s pot laws discriminate, so change them

5/8/17–The Atlanta City Council is considering reducing the penalty for getting caught with pot. The effort put forth by Councilman Kwanza Hall is based on the idea that black residents are overwhelmingly the target of marijuana enforcement in the city, staining them with jail time, fines, and arrest records that follow them in life. Hall said the city is trying to work out possible kinks in an ordinance that would model itself after what DeKalb County’s town of Clarkston passed last year that limits pot possession under an ounce to a $75 ticket with no jail time. Read