For the past year students and citizens of University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County have been attending commission meetings in a effort to enact some form of marijuana decriminalization for possession of personal amounts (less than 28 grams).
Thanks to the work of our affiliate (Athens C.A.R.E. Project) support is building with the commission. The mayor has expressed interest in this issue but seems reluctant to move forward. The city attorney claims a decriminalization ordinance is not feasible. We contend it is allowable and seek to enact such legislation.
With your help we can accomplish our goals.
On December 1, 2015 we will continue our push for reform but hosting a rally outside Athens city hall and speaking before the commission.
James Bell, Director of Georgia C.A.R.E. Project will be presenting a draft ordinance to allow for a written citation for possession of of 28 grams or less. The goal is to reduce the harm cause by prohibition. A local ordinance will take the case out of state court and eliminate a criminal arrest/record, booking, bond and photographs.
The Rally: A public rally will take place on December 1st – 5:00 pm to 7:00pm on the side walk at city hall. Everyone is invited to bring signs and express your support for this effort. It is important we have a good turn out.
The Meeting: At 7:00 pm the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County will convene to conduct business. Citizens are allowed 3 minutes to speak on any topic they wish. We encourage you to attend and step up the microphone in support.
The Committee: Our goal is to get the proposed ordinance in the legislative committee for discussion and a vote taken by January 2016.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-452-4668
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When: Tuesday, December 1at 5:00pm – 8:00pm in EST
Where: Athens City Hall 301 College Ave, Athens, Georgia 30601
Source: Facebook event page