Atlanta has become the latest city to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

There used to be a $1,000 fine and up to six months of jail time if you were caught with an ounce or less of marijuana in Atlanta, but now it will be a $75 fine and no possible jail time. That’s a big change, and as Fortune notes, it will mostly impact the black population, because “92% of individuals arrested for marijuana between 2014 and 2016 were black.”

Dallas, Nashville and multiple other southern cities have also decriminalized weed, so this seems to be part of a larger trend. Georgia has not legalized medical or recreational marijuana, so residents outside Atlanta aren’t going to get as much leeway.

“Today we stand with every parent of Atlanta who is fearful of or has seen their children’s lives destroyed, or careers ruined because of a racist policy that unjustly incarcerated minorities by more than ninety percent,” Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall said. “Reforming the racist marijuana laws on the book in Atlanta has been just one in a number of reforms that I have fought for.”

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