A bill was filed by Rep. LaDawn Jones (D-62nd) last week removing arrest for possession of one (1) ounce or less of marijuana. House Bill 1046 would replace arrest with citations and fines. Current law allows for arrest, booking and bail for what is considered a misdemeanor. Conviction under Georgia code allows for up to 12 months in jail and a $1000 fine.
Georgia C.A.R.E. Project supports this bill and encourages its passage.
Georgia makes more than 30,000 arrests for marijuana each year. This bill will reduce some of the harm created by prohibition.
HB-1046 allows for the following:
(A) For a first violation, a fine not to exceed $250.00 and a clinical evaluation and, if recommended as a part of such evaluation, completion of a substance abuse treatment program; provided, however, that in the court’s discretion such evaluation and treatment may be waived;
(B) For a second violation, a fine not to exceed $500.00
(C) For a third and for subsequent violations, a fine not to exceed $750.00