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Posted: March 20, 2014 8:26 a.m.

Athens mayor says some pot use should be legal

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Athens-Clarke County, who's seeking re-election this year, says possession and use of small amounts of marijuana should be legal.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1eoXJGB ) Mayor Nancy Denson announced her pro-pot position for the first time Wednesday night at a debate on the University of Georgia campus.

Denson told dozens of students and Athens residents: "I'd like to see small amounts of marijuana decriminalized." The mayor also said that being caught with a small amount of pot for personal use shouldn't "create a criminal record that follows someone for the rest of their life."

The mayor's opponent, local activist Tim Denson, has been running on a platform that includes legalizing possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. They will face off in the nonpartisan election May 20.

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