Yesterday was a big day for the city of Clarkston, Georgia, elected officials voted on a few progressive laws that may change the landscape of Clarkston for years to come.
Officials approved 2 other big ordinances:
- Election day will be treated as a holiday and residents will receive a half-day off.
- They opted to raise minimum wage for city employees to $15 per hour. (Nearly 3 times the official rate of $5.15 an hour.)
The biggest of them all was one that would dramatically reduce the punishment for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
According to the new law, a person who carried one ounce or less would receive a fine of $75 with no arrest. Dean Moore who has been leading the charge here in Georgia for the decriminalization told 11Alive:
“You’re marginalized. You can’t get a job because you have an arrest,” he said.
- Dean Moore Wants Marijuana to be $5 Fine in Georgia
- Georgia Bill Could Eliminate Arrest for Possession of Marijuana (Under 1 Ounce)
- New Bill Proposed To Make Marijuana Possession A Misdemeanor in GA