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Kwanza Hall Says New Marijuana Law a Victory for the People of Atlanta Keeps Families Safer, Saves Taxpayers Millions

Post Date:10/11/2017 1:07 PM

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA  30303 

Colleen Kiernan, District 2 Policy Director
404-520-7893 cell
cekiernan@atlantaga.gov

Kwanza Hall Says New Marijuana Law a Victory for the People of Atlanta
Keeps Families Safer, Saves Taxpayers Millions

 Will Announce Major New Reform Additions Thursday Regarding Those Presently Incarcerated

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ATLANTA, GA, October 11, 2017 – Upon the announcement of the signing of legislation today by Mayor Kasim Reed to reclassify Atlanta’s marijuana laws, Kwanza Hall stated the following; 

While this is a significant step forward for all of Atlanta, and especially parents who fear their children may be jailed for what used to be an unjust marijuana law, it was also just a common-sense reform.  We should all thank the Mayor for his willingness to sign this ordinance into law.  But most of all, I want to thank the people who spoke out and told their stories of families destroyed and lives ruined – it was the people who pushed this reform through.  

Today is a victory for grassroots organizers who fought tirelessly and created the momentum for us to deliver for the people.  But while today's signing is significant, we have more to do to address the many ways that “Broken Windows” policing has unjustly and negatively impacted low income people and people of color. 

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