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New marijuana law takes effect in Atlanta

A new marijuana law has taken effect in Atlanta, Georgia, recently and many believe that there are some areas of concern even though the law itself is quite clear. The new law reduces possession of less than an ounce of marijuana to a simple fine that does not come with a criminal conviction or jail time.

With the passage of the new law, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana has been decriminalized. Offenders will now face a fine of $75 and will not have to spend time in jail. They also will not have a criminal conviction on their record. Community service will not have to be served either if found in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. With all of the changes, you will have to do less for this crime than when hit with a speeding ticket.

The issue with the new law is what happens to an offender should he or she be found with less than an ounce of marijuana by an officer who is not a cop in the city of Atlanta. For example, what happens if a state trooper discovers an offender with less than one ounce of marijuana? It's quite possible that a state trooper can send an offender to state court while a city officer sends an offender to city court without a conviction.

Another area of interest involves being caught with less than an ounce of marijuana on a college campus. Many college campus police work for the state, not the city of Atlanta, so the law will not pertain in this instance.

Criminal convictions for drug offenses, violent crimes and robbery should never be fought on your own. An experienced criminal law attorney can help you navigate the legal landscape in Canton.

Source: WALB, "Many 'unknowns' concerning Atlanta's new marijuana law," Oct. 13, 2017

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