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Georgia Marijuana Laws May Change This Year



The 2021 Georgia General Assembly will have the opportunity to move the state closer in line with the national trend of decriminalizing marijuana.

The bill, sponsored by District 22 Senator Harold Jones II (D-Augusta), does not decriminalize pot, but it would relax the penalties for possession o...

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  1. Cavet Emptor
    Studies in professional journals indicate that the highest propensity to use/abuse alcohol/drugs is among those with a higher socioeconomic status. This would suggest that, if there is a propensity for those in the lower socioeconomic groups to be prosecuted, then it is primarily because of coincidental criminal activity rather than mere possession. This supports the defense attorney’s statement that ““Most of the time, people charged for having marijuana were arrested for another crime, and they just happened to be in possession of marijuana.” There are significant issues that are underappreciated by the average individual. The following is taken from a statement from the National Police Foundation:
    Banking systems are unavailable to the marijuana industry because of federal laws, creating a dangerous level of cash that can lead to robberies.
    Difficulties in establishing what is a legal marijuana operation have created problems in conducting investigations, determining probable cause and search and seizure procedures.
    Marijuana illegal trading through the black and gray markets has not decreased, law enforcement agencies have found. Diversion across state boundaries has created issues for bordering states who do not have legalized marijuana laws.
    Public health and safety impacts concerns have occurred through the increased THC potency from marijuana hash oil extractions, which are used in making laced edibles and beverages. People have overdosed on the higher levels of THC leading to potential psychotic breaks and suicide attempts.
    Youth use and addiction rates have increased due to ease of accessibility.
    Detecting driving under the influence of marijuana is a significant challenge for law enforcement.

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