Marijuana Legal in Georgia? Maybe.

| November 25, 2014

Medical-Marijuana

NORCROSS — Efforts are underway to introduce legislation to the General Assembly to allow the legal use, not only of medical marijuana, but the regulation of retail sales of the drug in Georgia.

Democrat state senator Curt Thompson of Gwinnett County, pre-filed legislation that may do just that.  He also pre-filed a constitutional amendment to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana and dedicate the tax proceeds to education and transportation.

Reports from the Atlanta Business Chronicle state that Thompson’s medical marijuana bill would allows doctors to prescribe up to two ounces to patients suffering from an array of medical conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s.

Other legislators are also filing marijuana-related legislation.  Legislation pre-filed last week by Georgia Republican Representative Allen Peake of Macon would restrict use to legalizing cannabis oil for treatment of seizure disorders in children and adults. A bill Peake pushed during this year’s General Assembly that would only have opened the door to giving cannabis oil to children died on the final day of the legislative session.

“While I adamantly support cannabis oil treatments for children with severe medical problems, I believe physicians should have the ability to care for all of their patients, regardless of age,” Thompson said in a prepared statement.

Thompson believes regulating and taxing marijuana sales to adults would make available another revenue source to the state without raising taxes.

As of now, Washington and Colorado are the only states that allow recreational use of marijuana. Voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved legalizing marijuana this month.

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  1. Conservative Christian says:

    Let’s start doing unto others as we would have them do unto us. None of us would want our kids put in jail over a little marijuana. None of us would want the police to confiscate and sell our parents’ home because they grew a couple of plants to help with the aches and pains of growing older. Let’s start treating other people the way we would want to be treated.

    • arnie says:

      Because that is such a Conservative position. We need to get these drugs off the streets and out of the veins of our Children. Not take away the consequences associated with addiction. Listen to the Gospel my friend:
      1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
      1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

      Control your kids. Stop them from doing wrong. If they have Christ they won’t need the emptiness of drug addiction. Glory of God > Substance abuse.

      • what says:

        Yikes, more God-fearing Christians who think every aspect of the Bible should influence politics. Let the hurting of the glutes commence.
        But, seriously, it’s 2014. Not as many people are brainwashed by the Bible anymore, and for good reason. If there’s no harm done by legalizing it, then let it be done.

      • Robert says:

        I too have read the bible. This book…like so many others, can be seen differently by many. Allow me to provide my own verse in retort to yours:

        Genesis 1:29 – And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

        Genesis 9:3 – Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

        Genesis 1:12 – And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.

        Psalms 104:14-15 – He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.

        It appears that “herb” was created to help man work and was put there by God. Many call marijuana “grass” or “herb” so it would seem that the bible supports the use of marijuana in the same sense that it supports the drinking of wine. Here’s a thought.

        • Jan says:

          That’s your interpretation…most don’t feel the same way. Also you know that Crack and Heroin are grown from the Earth? If you see what drug addiction can do to someone you love you wouldnt be claiming the Holy Bible would support drug use. Look what drugs are doing to our youth. It has been happening for Decades now. These folks that want to legalize are a bunch of Pot Smokers who want to come up with any way to justify their need for a fix. Plain and simple.

          • not really says:

            Fact is, what’s addicting our youth are the perfectly legal pills being circulated and chomped down like candy. Those pills aren’t the least bit similar to the plants from which those chemicals were originally derived — just like cocaine and heroine — they’re just laboratory products, at that point.

            Oxycodone is heroin in a pill. Adderall is meth in a pill. Ritalin. Zoloft. Ambien. Xanax. Thanks to all of these “morally approved” LEGAL drugs, overdoses have outpaced both traffic wrecks and gunshots as the #1 cause of death due to injury. These chemicals that come out of labs are what’s killing our youth.

            Cannabis is just cannabis. It pops out of the ground, ready to use. Some folks cook it into their food, but that’s hardly laboratory processing. It’s been used safely for a long time and hasn’t killed a single person by overdosing. The only negative consequences that can ruin a kid’s life are the LEGAL consequences. Cannabis addiction studies don’t show any dramatic withdrawal syndrome when use stops — a little trouble sleeping and moodiness, both short-term, which is why the people who study addiction say cannabis is in the same ballpark as caffeine and sugar in terms of addiction rates and severity.

            But wow, there’s big money in trying to prove cannabis is unhealthy — they’ve had very little success, so they keep funding more studies. In fact, all the data says the opposite is true. States with medical laws have 9% fewer DUI fatalities. Cannabis users are significantly less likely to get cancer or Alzheimer’s. Not to mention how well it treats intractable epilepsy, arthritis, depression, and PTSD.

            Cannabis treats PTSD so well that Paul Broun, himself, endorses the VA prescribing it to our soldiers coming back home. I understand why: medical cannabis states have lower suicide rates. Last time I checked, Paul Broun was a diehard Christian, and saving lives is a Christian value. So really, I don’t see how you can be a Christian, read the Bible, and *not* support cannabis legalization in Georgia.

            The only reason we’re all so scared of it is because the Whitehouse gives the ONDCP $25 billion a year in taxpayer dollars to MAKE us scared of it. We’ve all been lied to about the cannabis plant, our whole lives, and it was always only about money. Not just the $25 billion ONDCP budget. Cannabis can replace a lot of different medications, and like I said before, it pops out of the ground, ready to use — no pharma profits to be had, there.

            There’s a lot of money backing the “moral” objection to cannabis because there are no scientific objections to make. The mainstream media says it lowers IQ and shrinks your brain, but neither are true. I read both papers, myself. The IQ paper had a Type 1 error and the results of the “brain shrink” paper were misinterpreted for the sensationalism of the headline. Never get science filtered through journalists who just want to shock you.

  2. Tater Beauchamp says:

    Legalize and tax the heck out of it.

  3. True Christian says:

    Why legalize it? Do we want the same problems that Colorado is having now because they legalized it? Don’t we have enough problems in our schools and other public places?

    • Robert says:

      To what problems are you referring? I have not heard of any problems arising from the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Let us first look at crime rate. According to the FBI’s uniform crime reporting data, which can be found on their website, crime has actually decreased significantly since Colorado has legalized marijuana. There has been a 10.1% decrease in overall crime since 2013. There has also been a 5.2% decrease in violent crimes. In conjunction to this, tax revenues have increased to $10.8 million for 2013 with an expected $40 million for 2014. I cannot find any solid research that indicated that the legalization of marijuana has “hurt” Colorado in any way. It would seem that it has actually helped them.

  4. Mike Dame says:

    I’m no more for or against the legalization of the sale and possession of marijuana than I am the legalization of the possession and sale of tobacco and alcohol. As far as it being a source for revenue; soon our legislators will want to legalize and tax prostitution and conjugal visits to the zoo. The will come the toilet tax, the dishwasher tax, the using your lawn mower tax…..

  5. wow says:

    You people need to research this. I’m not saying try it. But honestly..why are you against it? It does nothing wrong and does so much good. Quit being close minded..open your eyes

  6. Johnny b good says:

    God doesn’t like anything that hurts us or that causes us to hurt others. I think if it’s legal and you smoke it, and you take care of your responsibilities, there is nothing wrong with it. It would be no different than having a glass of wine. It would fall in the same category as wine in the bible. However, Pot will steal your motivation if you are not careful. It will also monopolize all of your time outside of work. It can have you wanting to be high every moment you can get away with it. It’s very suttle. Thats the biggest danger other than legal problems it could cause. As far as abuse, it is a
    substance and historically no matter the substance, some people will abuse it. However, pot doesn’t lead you to do things that alcohol would when you are drunk. You never lose control like you could when you are drunk. If we can create jobs and better our economy selling it under goverment guidelines, it seems like a no brainer since it is less dangerous than something that is already being sold on every corner (alcohol).