Atlanta rapper-activist Killer Mike has been very vocal about decriminalizing marijuana. Before Oct. 11, Atlanta, like the majority of U.S. cities, could penalize individuals up to a fine of $1K and six months in jail for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. Thanks to an ordinance pushed by current Atlanta council member and mayoral candidate Kwanza Hall back in March, the consequence of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana carries a penalty of a $75 fine and no jail time.
Reducing the consequences for possession of marijuana should decrease the jail population and also keep future offenders with a clean record when applying for jobs. Killer Mike told rolling out the mayoral candidate he’s supporting going into the final hours before Election Day on Nov. 7 and shared his reaction to the new city policy on marijuana.
“Well, it’s a line that I’ve been pushing. It was a line that Vincent Fort, a guy who I’m supporting as mayor, has pushed,” Killer Mike said. “It’s a line that Kwanza, a friend and also someone I care for