A 2018 poll showed 55% of Georgians supported adult-use cannabis. Now, the City Council of Tybee Island — the home of Georgia’s largest public beach — voted to reduce possession of an ounce or less of cannabis to a civil penalty fine of $150. Simple possession used to be a misdemeanor charge punishable with up to a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
“I can’t speak highly enough about reducing penalties for marijuana,” Tybee Island Councilman Monty Parks said. “One of the key parts about this ordinance is that we are not just reducing the fine, we are reducing it from a misdemeanor to a civil penalty.”
Individuals may still be charged with a misdemeanor if a DUI is involved.
After Georgia legalized industrial hemp and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced they did not have a THC potency test that would hold up in court, Georgia’s Gwinnett County recently announced that county police would no longer issue misdemeanor cannabis charges.