Marijuana decriminalization ordinance heads to city council for vote

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After a Tuesday afternoon meeting, the city council's Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee voted to send a proposed ordinance on the decriminalization of marijuana to the full council for a vote on the measure.

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Under current law, possession of marijuana within the city of Atlanta is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for a period of up to six months.

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The new ordinance, proposed by councilman and mayoral candidate Kwanza Hall, would take away prison as a punishment for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Hall's proposal would also reduce any potential fine to a maximum of $75. 

The vote by the full city council is expected on Monday.

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