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NEWS BRIEF: Another Georgia county backs off ‘petty’ pot prosecutions

You hear this, Fulton County?

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Chatham County Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession of Less than an Ounce

Misdemeanor marijuana cases involving possession of less than an ounce will no longer be prosecuted in coastal Georgia’s largest county. Shalena Cook Jones, district attorney of Chatham County, announced last week that the ruling, effective immediately, stems from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s reluctance to test for small amounts of marijuana unless other felony charges are involved.

“Disposing of low-level petty offenses that do not threaten public safety and do not involve a victim allows the state to focus already-limited resources on the serious cases that do,” Jones said in a statement. Since 2019, similar announcements have been made by officials in jurisdictions such as Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties, as well as Athens-Clarke County and Augusta-Richmond County. wabe.org