Our affiliate, Athens C.A.R.E. Project continues to push for some form of marijuana decriminalization in Athens-Clarke County GA. Headed by UGA student Josh Wayne, Athens C.A.R.E. has been attending commission meetings seeking reform. Here is the latest news on their efforts.
True to their word, a group of young advocates for local liberalization of marijuana possession laws rolled into City Hall for Tuesday’s meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Commission, once again arguing for a “parallel ordinance” allowing police officers the discretion to determine whether someone found in possession of marijuana should simply be cited and fined, or arrested and taken to jail.
“We’re not going to give up,” one of the young people told commissioners Tuesday. Since March, the group, affiliated with the Athens Campaign for Access, Reform and Education — part of Georgia C.A.R.E., a group working to “end marijuana prohibition in Georgia” — has been a regular presence at the commission’s monthly voting meeting.