COVINGTON, Ga. – The debate over marijuana decriminalization came to Covington Wednesday evening when the city council discussed lessening the penalty for marijuana possession less than an ounce in the city during a work session.
City manager Leigh Anne Knighton said the issue was placed on the agenda for the council’s mid-week at the request of council member Anthony Henderson.
Henderson said the current law disproportionately impacts young people.
“I work inside of the jail and I see numerous times young adults, college students, kids that are still in high school, sometimes just people in general. The problem we have is that one ounce, it’s not a threat, it’s not a problem I feel it poses for the community,” he said, “Most of the time with this, one ounce, the percentage is more so harmful to African Americans.”
Henderson said the fines and fees for the offense, which can total $1432, including $750 for the plus assorted court costs, disproportionately harm people without the ability to pay them.
“The penalty for it is too much,” he said, “Keep in mind, if