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Poll: Georgia Voters Are Split On Marijuana Legalization


Georgia medical marijuanaGeorgia doesn’t have the harshest marijuana laws in America, but they are far from friendly. If you get caught with more than 1 ounce of marijuana in Georgia, it’s a felony, punishable by up to ten years in jail and a $5,000 fine. There is another felony charge if the marijuana was possessed with intent to distribute (any amount), which also carries another penalty of up to ten years in jail and a $5,000 fine. I don’t know what the police are like in Georgia, but in most states law enforcement is quick to make the determination that there was intent to distribute, so I’d imagine often times those charges go together when people get caught.

Possession of any amount of hash or concentrates is a felony, and cultivation of even just one plant is a felony. As you can see, Georgia is in need of some serious reform. With marijuana legalization becoming more and more popular across America, a poll was conducted which asked if marijuana should remain illegal in Georgia or be legalized, like it is in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington D.C.. Below were there results of the poll, which was conducted by Georgia new agency 11Alive and Survey USA:

In an exclusive scientific poll commissioned by 11Alive News and conducted by Survey USA, we sked 1,787 registered voters, “Should the use of marijuana for recreational use by adults in Georgia remain against the law?”

46 percent of respondents said yes, while 45 percent said to make it legal. Another 10 percent said they were not sure.

Georgia recently approved the use of cannabis oil to treat some medical conditions. Some feel that it is high time to address the use of marijuana for the masses.

While it is true that Georgia approved high-CBD cannabis oil for medical use, there is literally no way to obtain the form of medical marijuana within the state, so the law is almost useless to most patients. It’s only when you obtain the specific form of medical marijuana from the black market, or smuggle it into Georgia from out of state and risk federal charges, then and only then does the law apply. This tends to be the case in most CBD-only medical marijuana states.

Georgia patients and consumers deserve better marijuana laws. I have relatives that live in Georgia, and my wife was talking to one of them (her aunt) last night about marijuana reform in Georgia. I think Georgia is a ways off from reform due to one huge factor – Georgia does not have a citizen initiative system.

In states like Oregon, where I live, citizens can gather signatures and put things on the ballot when the legislature refuses to step up. That’s how most marijuana reform victories have been achieved in America. There are some legislatures that have legalized medical marijuana, but I have the feeling that when Georgia legislators are approached with the topic of medical marijuana, they will likely say ‘we already legalized that with the CBD law, your welcome.’ But, as I explained earlier, that law is virtually useless. Georgia deserves real marijuana reform. If you live in Georgia, contact your elected officials and demand that they step up and do what’s right, and get on the right side of history.


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  1. The tyranny of the majority should not be allowed to trample on the rights of the minority. All democracies fail because of this. Voters should not have the power to deny basic human rights, among those rights to grow and smoke marijuana.

  2. jasen joseph hylbert on

    Georgia voters are not split on repealing cannabis prohibition. The media is always releasing false and misleading polls. Can you find anyone in the real world who supports ben carson other than a small batch of inbred religious extremist puritans? I sincerely doubt it, just like I doubt that anyone other than a handful of misled folks and a handful of corrupt cartel brats opposes a repeal of prohibition. In a context of prohibition, some are inclined to not come out in favor of repealing prohibition, which skews polls even when conducted honestly.

  3. Can someone please start a petition for the legalization of cannabis for Georgia? Im sure it wont be hard to get ten thousand signatures in favor of it to present before the GA legislature. I’d sign it in a heartbeat.

  4. saynotohypocrisy on

    Fair point. I haven’t heard much about felony arrests for home cultivation or possession over the allowed limit in Washington. I hope that means there’s not much of it going on.
    I was happy to see the Washington initiative pass, it was an important victory, but it sure needs improvement.

  5. Absolutely pathetic all the politicians that believe those punishment are just, should be voted right out of office in Georgia and in every state that has not legalized .

  6. saynotohypocrisy on

    If you get caught with more than 1 ounce of marijuana in Georgia, it’s a felony, punishable by up to ten years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

    By any reasonable, human standard, that’s cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Constitution. 10 years for using a substance that’s indisputably far safer than the alcohol that the judges, cops, and lawmakers use and abuse? Drop dead, fascist piglets.

  7. Michael Murphree on

    As a Disabled Veteran, Cancer Survivor, and chronic pain sufferer, I swear by the benefits of cannabis, and will debate any person who is opposed to cannabis. 30,000 + arrest in Georgia mostly in the black community. “RIDICULOUS”

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