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Georgia Dems Cultivate Legalization Bills for School Funding

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Georgia has some of the most punitive marijuana laws in the country, but two pieces of legislation authored by State Sen. Curt Thompson (D-5th District) could legalize the plant and generate some much-needed cash for the state’s educational fund.

SR 614 seeks to legalize and regulate adult-use marijuana in the Peach State. SB 344 would authorize the sale of recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21.

As of Friday morning, the Georgia General Assembly listed only six sponsors on the bill, but it is unclear when the site was last updated.

By establishing an adult-use marijuana market “one step at a time,” similar to Colorado, California, Nevada, or Oregon, Sen. Thompson hopes to cultivate a new revenue stream and offset some of the state’s $12 billion debt.

You’re going to end up bringing in about $340 million a year in extra tax revenue. That’s revenue that could restore the Hope scholarship to its previous levels,” Thompson informed Atlanta’s Fox 5 News.

The Hope and Zell Miller Scholarships are offered to Georgia’s residents that have established high academic achievements. The Hope scholarship offers supplementary funding to support students with their educational cost of attending public, private, and technical colleges.

Decriminalized by the Atlanta City Council in a unanimous vote in October 2017, outside of Atlanta’s city limits, individuals caught with more than 1 ounce of cannabis need to lawyer up; their penalties can include a felony record, 10-year prison term, and $5,000 fine.

The two pieces of legislation represent a second chance at a new beginning for Georgia residents. During the state’s 2017 Legislative Session, a similar resolution died before ever getting a vote and was supported by only one state senator at the time.

To become law, SR 614 and SB 344 must first clear two critical hurdles: obtaining passage from Georgia’s General Assembly, and gaining acceptance from the voters during the November 2018 midterm elections.

Georgia currently has a restrictive medical marijuana program. Under existing law, qualified patients are only allowed to legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of “low THC oil.”

Provided Georgia were to successfully legalize adult use marijuana, the state would not only generate substantial new tax revenues while reducing the state’s non-violent prison population, but it would be taking a quantum leap toward repairing the racially disproportionate damage caused by the criminalization of a harmonious plant.

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2 Comments

  1. Khosrow zafer on

    In America we have a constitution that science trumps the law if y’all go to the Israel government research on the medical marijuana
    They have found that marijuana cures cancer they’re rewriting your medical books as far as the research for cancer and about marijuana in America we have a constitution that says signs tTrams the law why haven’t we proceed that Av that was left open by our founding fathers I

  2. Khosrow zafer on

    I would love to find a law firm can take my case all the way up to the Supreme Court in my situation I am allergic to 99.9% of all medication the only thing I have found that helps with my diabetes arthritis chronic pain this a disabled and not receiving or nighter want to break the law never have and I never well I would volunteer to any medical research to find out why is marijuana helping me with my diabetes chronic pain they think the pharmaceutical is controlling and the liquor industry controlling the marijuana I have no criminal background I was introduced into medical marijuana buyer position now we live in Georgia it is illegal I’m stuck with major chronic pain can barely move can barely work without my medicine I’m not a pothead never have been never will be 1 g I use for four days although it’s legal in Georgia I refuse to do it just because I have never broken the law but I’m gonna live my life for pain and suffering due to some idiots in Congress and Senate I need a lawyer to research the constitution our constitution says Signs trumps the law

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