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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!

Lee78 March 19, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Thanks Hunter!
Robert R Smith March 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Its not the cancer causing drug like nicotine is! I lost my son to teenage suicide. He was on a legal substance called Afexsor. an anti-depresant. So me myself might go and smoke one from time to time cause it helps me cope.The truth is that alot of prescription drugs they give these kids now days is worse than pot ever thought about being! Focus more on the more dangerous legal drugs out there on the market today instead of a naturally grow plant that's been around for years. By ending this i will say that this! The cancer causing in cigarette smoke is from manmade chemicals that are put in the cigarettes.Go ahead Norman, do ur research on that!
hoo dat April 02, 2013 at 05:35 PM
You are one of the many, many ignorant people that only add fuel to an unnecessary fire. If you had any kind of brain you would at least try to comment on something you know about. There are NO...NONE...no studies EVER linking ANY CANCER to ANY kind OR amount of marijuana use. These studies have been going on for decades. And I am in the same boat as Billy, I bet you anything that I am in better physical condition and have more endurance and stamina than most men my age. I have used cannabis to COMPLETELY stop my seizures...14 straight years and not ONE health issue at all. I wish you people would just keep out of business that you so obviously have no place in. Lastly, the pot smokers being 'not smart' comment, I promise that you are the dumbest one of us all.
Jared Johnson June 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Well of course! Why is Tobacco and Alcohol legal to use but it kills people every day? And Nobody has reportedly ever died smoking marijuana, and that means it should be illegal? Does that make sense!? It is impossible to overdose on Mary Jane, because all u do is pass out, then wake up hours later! So all u people who think Mary kills u, do your research. Marijuana helps patients that has cancer, nauseous or lost of appetite. It will even reduce crime. I strongly support marijuana because I've been smoking pot all my life and I'm 41 and nothing hasn't happened to me! I checked my lungs on an x ray and it was clear as day! Legalize it!

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