Georgia Will Have Two Bills Vying for Legislative Vote on Marijuana Legalization

 

One of the least likely states to bring pot prohibition reform to the table will have two bills vying for state legislature approval in 2015. Each contain arguments on either end of the spectrum, one for strict medical marijuana use, the other for more lax medical and recreational use.

The first proposal, introduced by State Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon), is referred to as Haleigh’s Hope Act and designated House Bill 1. This measure proposes utilizing portions of cannabis that have high concentrations of cannabidoil (CBD) and low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content to aid those with certain medical conditions. It also contains strict restrictions on what medical conditions apply. However, if passed, the concentration of extracts permitted for use may not do much good for many, as the needed THC component has been scientifically proven to be pot’s active ingredient that benefits those with medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma and chronic pain.

The second bill, presented by Senator Curt Thompson (D-Norcross), would allow for medical and recreational marijuana use in the state of Georgia. Thompson also advocates an amendment to the Georgia Constitution, which would put the issue of legalizing marijuana in the hands of Georgia voters, which has been trending on twitter. Instead of spending millions battling the drug war against those criminalized over pot, resources could and should be put to better use. Thompson also poses the fact that legalizing and taxing marijuana would also bring much needed revenue to the state.

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