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Clarkston Reducing Penalties For Marijuana Possession

Jul 6, 2016

Clarkston is reducing penalties for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. It now brings just a $75 fine.

Mayor Ted Terry said he signed the new ordinance into effect after the city council passed it unanimously Tuesday night.  

Terry said the new instructions for police who encounter people with a small amount of pot are: "Don't imprison someone. Don't arrest them. Don't take them to jail. Give them the $75 citation. They don't have to go to court. They can just pay it online, and then they can, you know, continue about their business."

Terry said leaders will evaluate how the ordinance plays out and that they're willing to change it later.

State and federal laws regarding marijuana are still enforceable and Gov. Nathan Deal has said he opposes the Clarkston initiative.