The Atlanta City Council is expected to vote on Hall's legislation on Monday. Hall, who is running for mayor of Atlanta, is seeking to reduce the penalty for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from the current $1,000 fine to a ticket of $75. Jail time would be eliminated under the proposal for possession of an ounce or less instead of the up to six months under current guidelines.
This is the second time Hall has sought Council approval of the new guidelines. The proposal stalled last spring after questions were raised about buy-in from the Atlanta Police Department and the city's judicial branchas well as concerns it could send the wrong signal to marijuana users.
Hall and others said arrests for small amounts of marijuana have a detrimental impact on citizens, including job loss, inability to rent an apartment and denial of applications to some universities.
“This jail and other jails are the gateway to a life of crime and it ruins people’s lives,” Hall said. “And we can do better as a city.”