Local police have ticketed eight people for marijuana possession of less than an ounce since lower fine ordinance passed July 5 — the same number of citations as July and August of last year.
Marijuana remains illegal under state and federal laws, but in Clarkston, police usually use their town’s ordinance with the $75 fine, though offenders could face more severe consequences if they committed other crimes as well.
Mark Niesse covers voting rights and elections for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also reports on the Georgia House of Representatives and government. He has been a reporter at the AJC since 2013 following a decade at The Associated Press in Atlanta, Honolulu and Montgomery, Ala.