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Marijuana Reform Efforts Ramp Up In Georgia


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The Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform, & Education Project (C.A.R.E. Project) held a press conference today to announce the campaign’s mission. If I get video footage of the press conference, I’ll update this article. Below is information from their press release:

Atlanta, Ga.: A new push to reform Georgia’s marijuana (Cannabis) laws will kick off next week as lawmakers consider criminal justice reform measures.

The Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform & Education or Ga. C.A.R.E. Project, will host a press conference at the Georgia state capitol Monday, December 17 – 11am to announce the campaign’s mission. A project of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, founders James Bell and Ron Williams have supported and advocated for law reform for 25 years.

James Bell, 53, said this is the first time in the 25 years Georgia has considered law reform legislation and the time is right to focus on the state’s antiquated marijuana laws.

“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 said. “Decades of “get tough on drugs” legislation has cost taxpayers 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;

  1. Establish a special study committee to focus specifically on marijuana laws;
  2. Reschedule the classification of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II or lower;
  3. Modernize Georgia’s medical marijuana access laws to allow for legal medical marijuana by doctor prescription or recommendation;
  4. 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.




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  1. I was pulled over at 16 and 2 weeks away from turning 17 in ga you can get arrested for possession if I was put in the system and that went on my record that would totally ruin and inhibit my potential future sucess with colleges and employers seeing that I was arrested for pot and in ga it doesn’t say you were arrested for cannabis but that you violated the drug act there for the college or employer wouldn’t no if I did meth or heroine. Has the drug war really worked no it has failed and it is finally time for reform. Getting arrested for something so insignificant and downright practically harmless is such a waste of law enforcements time and money. Ruining peoples lives with something that has been proven to be more harmless than legal alcohol and cigarettes is idiotic. Any one with common sense should see that we need to legalize tax and regulate it giving the government millions in revenue if not more. Suffering from had I realized that cannabis has helped me significantly and now I’ve been taking meds with serious withdrawal and side effects places Georgia and america reconsider that war on weed.

  2. I’m all for it, but it’s going to be an up-hill battle. I’m fortunate enough to live in a small pocket of liberalism in Athens, GA; the middle-ground between the progressive people of Atlanta & Savannah and the less-than progressive people who live everywhere *else* in Georgia.

    My hope is that Ga C.A.R.E. will be more effective than past efforts. Though I’m a little sketchy on what “past efforts” there actually have been in Georgia. To my knowledge, most of the NORML chapters in Georgia as well as the MPP & LEAP have been relatively inactive. Most don’t update their websites more than once a month, if at all, let alone push legislation efforts. This isn’t a criticism, just an observation.

    It’s just that I look for news and never find it. There are two, maybe three whispers of “oh yes, change is coming in GA” in regards to cannabis reform, but it never gets beyond the whisper-stage.

    I think the secret to making true progress in Georgia is to stress that it isn’t a liberal issue trying to “invade” the great red state of Georgia. Fact is, despite what your average libertarian will tell you, cannabis reform is a bipartisan issue. The scientific evidence about the safety and medical efficacy of cannabis is overwhelming.

    Fact is, states that only have medical cannabis see a 9% drop in DUI’s and DUI fatalities. Crime and substance abuse rates *fall* in medical cannabis states.

    And, in my opinion, most importantly, suicide rates drop. States with medical cannabis see a 9% drop in suicides for men 30-39 and an 11% drop for men 20-29. Last I checked, the combat death to suicide rate for our troops is 1:25. In simple English, for every ONE soldier who dies in combat overseas, twenty-five come home and take their own lives. This is especially important in Georgia; everyone here knows someone who was in Iraq and/or Afghanistan who is now suffering from PTSD. Soldiers petition the White House every year for the right to treat their PTSD with cannabis, which they can’t, because they’d lose VA benefits.

    The research suggests now that the chemical constituents of cannabis, cannabinoids, actually fight cancer in their own right as well as protect us against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

    Honestly, prohibitionists have ZERO arguments that hold up, anymore. What we need are state-level politicians with the stones to push for legalization. Lord knows that our reps in Congress are too cowardly to do it. They’re too scared they’ll lose their bid for re-election in a primary battle if they appear “soft on drugs.” It bugs me that our House Reps and Senators preach STATES RIGHTS until they get a letter asking them to consider cannabis reform: then they quote federal law like gospel.

  3. my nephews have both been in jail in Georgia for a few joints,

    Full on proof the war on drugs is all about money!

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