“I am happy to report we are not a drug haven,” he said.
Clarkston, a city of about 13,000 with a long progressive streak, didn't legalize the drug. But Terry said the new ordinance essentially decriminalized possession of small amounts, ensuring that it wouldn't "ruin someone's life or drain their bank account."
Gov. Nathan Deal and law enforcement officials have warned the city’s new rules would violate state and federal law, and officers have stressed they still have discretion to charge someone if they are violating state law.
Other Georgia cities have flirted with the idea, but they’ve failed to gain traction. An effort in Athens sputtered recently when the city attorney concluded that state laws that make possession of the drug a misdemeanor crime take precedence over local ordinances.