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On Tuesday, Oct. 10, Mayor Kasim Reed signed an ordinance into law that reduces the penalty of possession of marijuana under an ounce in the city of Atlanta.
That doesn’t make it legal, however. The new legislation merely reduces the penalty from jail time to a $75 fine.
“Because marijuana use is still illegal in Atlanta, if a student is caught with it in the dorms or in housing, we usually refer them to either housing or the Dean of Students, Dr. Holloman, and he will then file a Code of Conduct violation on them,” said Georgia State University Police Department (GSUPD) Chief Joseph Spillane.
According to University Housing Director Randy Brown, students need to be fully aware of the bill and its ramifications and take note that marijuana use is still illegal.
“Marijuana will still be considered illegal in Atlanta, so the Housing Zero Tolerance policy for weapons and illegal drugs would still apply,” said Brown.
But Spillane said a problem within the department is consistency when dealing with marijuana.