Last Update: March 2, 2014
Georgia getting closer to medical marijuana
After years without a champion in the legislature, medical marijuana patients are finally seeing supporters step forward. And they are powerful supporters. Among those in Georgia who are ready to give compassionate marijuana policy serious consideration is House Speaker David Ralston.
The Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Republican Senator Josh McKoon, is introducing his own resolution. SR 756 would create a Senate Committee to study the benefits of medical marijuana, and report its findings and recommendations by the end of the year. But several other senators do not want to wait. Led by Rep. Allen Peake, sponsors of HB 885 believe it is time to legalize medical marijuana now. “[I]f this was my child or my grandchild,” said Peake. “I'd be moving heaven and earth to get this legislation passed to provide some hope and relief to these families."
Please ask your legislators to support allowing medical marijuana in Georgia.
ACLU study shows Georgia’s harsh marijuana laws result in racially disproportionate arrest rates
Georgia has some of the most punitive marijuana laws in the country, with possession of a mere two ounces being punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It’s clear these laws have not been successful, and new evidence shows that Georgia’s laws are not being evenly enforced.
A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at nearly identical rates, blacks in Georgia are 3.7 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.
Please take a moment to send a letter to your legislators asking them to reduce the penalty for possession of marijuana to a civil fine or ask them to end marijuana prohibition entirely.
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