Question of the Week: Should Marijuana be Legalized?

A Georgia advocacy group is pushing for the re-evaluation of the state's marijuana laws.

Marijuana has been decriminalized in Colorado and Washington state. Should Georgia follow suit?

Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform & Education (Georgia CARE), a project of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, Inc., seeks to change the state's laws on marijuana, eventually leading to a complete legalization of the drug.

The group claims this would unburden our criminal justice system, which is laden with marijuana-related crimes and arrests.

Georgia CARE has published a "Blueprint to Reform" (attached to this article) that outlines how it perceives marijuana reform and eventual legalization can happen in Georgia.

For example, CARE advocates making marijuana a Schedule II drug and allowing medical prescription of cannabis. Following this, the state should remove jail time for those caught with less than four ounces of the drug, and release and pardon people currently incarcerated or on parole or probation for a similar offense.

Finally, the group believes Georgia voters would be open to passing a referendum to legalize marijuana and have it taxed federally, similar to the laws now in force in Washington state and Colorado.

What do you think? Should Georgia move to legalize marijuana? Tell us in the comments!

Richard myers March 21, 2013 at 05:57 AM
its so dangers! give us a break marijuana is tracked to the start of man as med. and rec. use. its a peace maker, the government is the evil that they place over our eyes. legal or not i will stand and smoke. people who smoke need to stand up and fight for our right to toke. those who are standing up stand strong. soon there will be too many people standing for the government to say no and say ok. WE THE PEOPLE make this government a government we have the right to say yes to a no
Larry March 21, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Okay. Mr. Myers just showed why it shouldn't be legalized...
Steven Grier March 21, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Ok Larry, what exactly did he say that hurt your feelings?
Richard myers March 21, 2013 at 06:34 PM
lol. larry if i offended u. u needed it. so why do u think it shouldn't be legal. i guess u like the crime we have going on in the streets i understand that there's more to do with crime then just pot. I bet it would help to be legal reduce some crime
Pam April 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Wow! This is GREAT! The longest thread of responses! Legalize it!! All come out for the Hemp Fest May 4th..Freedom Park.. Music, Good Friends and Good times


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