Press Statement: ACLU of Georgia Thanks Atlanta Mayor Bottoms for Her Courage and Foresight in Restricting Access to Marijuana Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2019

Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato media@acluga.org 

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Atlanta –Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an executive order to restrict public access to court records of people convicted of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. 

“We’d like to thank Mayor Bottoms for her courage and foresight in restricting these records. Some of the worst racial disparities in law enforcement show up in marijuana charges. Mayor Bottoms’ action is consistent with Atlanta’s decision to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. We look forward to a day when no one faces criminal charges because of marijuana use,” said Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia.

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