A city in DeKalb County has become the eleventh city in the state of Georgia to decriminalize the possession of marijuana.
At a recent city council meeting, council members unanimously passed an ordinance eliminating the possibility of jail time and severely reducing the fine for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. If caught with marijuana by a Chamblee police officer, the offender will be cited and fined $75 for a first offense, according to the ordinance. That charge can be paid online and a court date isn’t required.
Chamblee joins Atlanta, Savannah, South Fulton, unincorporated Fulton County, Forest Park, Statesboro, Fairburn, Kingsland, and Macon-Bibb County.
Chamblee is the second city in DeKalb County to decriminalize the possession of marijuana; Clarkston made headlines in 2016 when it passed an ordinance that called for a reduced fine and no jail time.