The Savannah Police Department made its first arrest of the busy St. Patrick’s Day weekend around 4:30 p.m. Friday, a Facebook post from the department said.
A man was arrested after he sold marijuana cigarettes in front of an officer in City Market, the post said.
“While there is a city ordinance regarding misdemeanor possession in the city limits, it is illegal to sell,” the post said. “Have fun, but legal fun.”
The possession of a small amount of marijuana in the city is being handled differently by law enforcement this year.
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The City of Savannah passed an ordinance last year reducing the punishment for the possession of a small amount of marijuana. At the discretion of the officer, a first-time offender found possessing less than one ounce of marijuana can be issued a $150 ticket rather than be arrested. Previously, any amount of marijuana found led to an arrest.