Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
(News 12 First at Five)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Senator Harold Jones was in town Thursday, talking with News 12 about changing marijuana possession laws and punishment.
Jones says these changes work in the city’s favor by not backlogging the criminal system with non-violent drug offenders.
While he’s not pushing for legalizing marijuana, Senator Jones says reducing these punishments can make a huge difference for folks across the state.
“It may be a change in viewpoint. We’ll see because, of course, right now they say they’re trying to talk to law enforcement and things of that nature.”
Commissioners are looking to shape their city laws like Atlanta’s, making them more lax than they are right now.
“Most persons are not going to go to jail, we’ve made that clear. It’s the fine amounts that really become problematic and then the probation that becomes more problematic. And so that’s the key the commissioners are kind of addressing.”
But it’s the county’s marijuana ordinance he says must be addressed, right now the language uses the word