Should Georgia Follow Other States and Legalize Marijuana?

The Georgia C.A.R.E. Project held a press conference Monday at the Georgia state capitol to announce its agenda to focus on the state’s antiquated marijuana laws.

What do you think about the idea of leglalizing marijuana in Georgia. It's a timely topic, as a new push to reform Georgia’s marijuana laws kicked off Monday as lawmakers consider criminal justice reform measures.

The Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform & Education (Georgia C.A.R.E. Project) is a project of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance which was founded by James Bell and Ron Williams who have supported and advocated for law reform for 25 years.

“We applaud Gov. Nathan Deal and the legislature for their courageous efforts to reform ineffective and costly laws we can no longer afford to sustain,” Bell stated in a news release. “Decades of 'get tough on drugs' legislation has cost taxpayer billions and has done little to solve real crime problems.”

The Georgia C.A.R.E. Project’s agenda will focus on a four point plan to:

  • Establish a special study committee to focus specifically on marijuana laws;
  • Reschedule the classification of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II or lower
  • Modernize Georgia’s medical marijuana access laws to allow for legal medical marijuana by doctor prescription or recommendation;
  • Decriminalize a personal use amount to eliminate prosecution and incarceration

Ron Williams, a reform activist, said 18 states have allowed medical marijuana and two state have now legalized personal use amounts.

“Those states have led the way to show that we can decriminalize and medicalize marijuana and bring this substance under regulation and control without affecting public safety and save taxpayers dollars. It’s time to focus on this issue.”

The campaign has set up an educational website and Facebook page to connect with the public, media and lawmakers.

Earlier this month, a crowd of hundreds gathered to light up joints under the Space Needle in Seattle as recreational marijuana use officially became legal in the state of Washington.

A similar scene is likely to unfold on the streets of Denver in a couple of weeks as Colorado’s marijuana legalization law goes into effect.

In Washington, it is now legal for people to possess up to one ounce of the drug, which is illegal in most states, including Georgia.

While lighting up a joint at home – or in public – remains illegal in Georgia, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the issue.

Do you think our state should look at decriminalization? Does marijuna legalization in other states make it difficult for you to talk to your kids about the subject?

Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Earl Conaway January 30, 2013 at 12:53 AM
yes marijuana should be legalized because it is safer than any other drug including cigaretts thats what needs to be illegal I am disabled and use I also take opiates and they make me feel worse marijuana helps with the pain and does not make me feel bad when I got sick I could not do anything and about three years later I started back smokink and slowle was able to do little things it is sad that people like me have to take legal drugs that has caused me to have a bad reaction and put me in the hospital and you cannot smoke and or eat enough marijuana to cause any harm I just wish one of these lawmakers would talk to me about this issue and hang around with me for about a week and I will not smoke and they can see how bad I am and then let me smoke for a day or two and then see how I do I believe this would change anyones mind about marijuana so please if any lawmakers realy look at this stuff please look at what these people are saying and plus if we are in our own home and we do not hurt any one we should be able to do what we want that is what this wonderful country is about
Steven February 05, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Yes, Its a shame the way the government has brain wash most of the people in the states. Its going to happen just as soon as learn how to tax o yes the magic work TAX... The best medicine on the market, its a (wonder drug) and its better than taking a lot pills for pain to mas up your liver but the doctors won't agree because of the pharmacist's. Well the bottom line is its about the money and that basics it. So as soon as the money fall in the right place and i mean with the company and the Government then we'll see, it's just a shame the way the US run things around here.
Todd Sign March 09, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I am tired of the government spending billions (if not) trillions on a Failed Drug War! Police should be going after more serious crimes than wasting their resources on a non violent crime and jail time.
FlyingTooLow August 08, 2013 at 01:19 PM
I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for my escapades involving marijuana. I wrote about them in: Shoulda Robbed a Bank
Wallflower August 08, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Here is a recent article on the suject by Dr. Sanjay Gupta: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana/index.html?hpt=hp_t1


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