"Everyone in our family, we know people who smokes weed. Should we go lock all them up? That's the real question we have to ask ourselves," said Councilman De'Keither Stamps who sponsored the proposal. Stamps also commented on the failure of the war on drugs within the criminal justice system and expressed optimism for the city's new approach.
The proposal comes just weeks after Jeff Sessions attempted to further encourage punishment for marijuana users by removing previous protections set in place during the Obama era, a decision that came shortly after private meetings with the heads of major pharmaceutical companies. Many see the war on drugs as a war on people of color, making this legislation all the more timely in the south as Sessions continues to promote conflict despite changing public views as seen in recent polls in the last few years.
(Original source from WPAT News)