Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Signed Cannabis Decriminalization Law

Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed, has signed the cannabis decriminalization act in the late evening hours yesterday. Law states that if you have less than an ounce of cannabis on you, the biggest repercussion you can have is a $75 USD fine.

In short, if you are not caught with a lot of weed, there is a decent chance that you won’t even pay a dime. Up until yesterday, people who encountered police while possessing marijuana faced fines of up to $1,000 and as many as six months in jail.

The cannabis decriminalization law completely removed jail time as a possibility for cannabis possessions under one ounce, but jail time is still a very likely sentence for those who choose to abuse the newly introduced laws by owning larger quantities.

A tweet from the Atlanta City Council’s verified account created a lot of fuss early Wednesday when they announced that Mayor Reed actually vetoed the law. The AAC quickly fixed the mistake via Twitter:

Shortly after that, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed also made an official publication:

Reed backs Bottoms as successor for Atlanta mayor

That same day, Mayor Reed officially and publicly endorsed Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms. This move is not a shocking one. He’s given Bottoms his support – and hosted a fundraiser for her earlier this year.

“I want folks to know that I am going to do everything I can between now and Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 to see that Keisha Lance Bottoms becomes my successor, that a woman becomes the 60th mayor of Atlanta,” Reed said.

Bottoms has been ramping up her campaign for the final stretch with this endorsement, as rival campaigns say she snapped up about $100,000 worth of airtime last week.

Councilwoman Mary Norwood is leading in the polls. Recent polls still have Bottoms coming in the #2 spot in a likely December runoff. Until now, Mary Norwood held a commanding lead.

While she still remains the front-runner, latest polls put Lance Bottoms within striking distance of Norwood.

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