ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
October 2nd, 2018 marks the one year anniversary of the unanimous passage of Atlanta City Ordinance 17-O-1152, which reduced the penalty for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana within the city limits of Atlanta to .00 and no jail time. While this ordinance isn't a true "decrim" bill, because those arrested are still being fingerprinted, it was a great step toward sensible marijuana legislation here in Georgia.
I wanted to know just what effect 17-O-1152 had on "simple possession" arrests in Atlanta. After all, the ordinance didn't make it "legal", it just reduced the penalties. It didn't really even "decrim". APD officers are still free to arrest offenders and take them to jail. The question burned in my mind; "Did they, or did they use 17-O-1152 as a justification to act on a moral conviction?". I knew where to find at least a clue to the answer.
ACDC -- NO, …
The Latest Gallup and Quinnipiac Polls
Recently Gallup conducted a poll (click here) in which the following statement was read to those polled:
"Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general, it is morally acceptable or morally wrong".
If you scroll to the bottom of the article about the poll you'll see a list of issues. Included in the list of issues was "Smoking Marijuana". 65% of those polled said that it was morally acceptable. This data corresponds almost to the percentage point (63%) with the results of a recent Quinnipiac University poll questioning whether or not marijuana should be legalized. Nearly two-thirds of the nation believes it should be. Nearly enough for a Constitutional Amendment.
Adultery Included in the Morality Poll
I was delighted to see that Gallup's "morality" Poll …
What's A Straw Poll?
For those that don't know, a straw poll is an unofficial ballot conducted as a test of opinion. On 5/22/2018 the question above appeared as the first local question on the Democratic ballot for Forsyth County, Georgia. "Should Georgia amend the state Constitution to legalize the use of cannabis/marijuana for those 21 years old and older, allow a retail dispensary base, tax said products, and allocate revenue received equally to state education and transportation infrastructure?"
The results are non-binding in any way. It was just a question to "test the opinion" of the voters. Well, the voters spoke, and the results are pretty amazing, though not all that surprising.
4996 (a whopping 77%) answered YES
Only 1471 answered NO
Did I mention that a whopping 77% answered YES?
Marijuana On An Official Ballot in Georgia?
How'd that happen? I reached out to Melissa Clink, who currently chairs the Forsyth Democratic Party and asked that question. She …
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
In June of 2016 members of Peachtree NORML began a practice of visiting official law enforcement Facebook pages when marijuana bust "brag" posts were put up. We began expressing our opinions on those posts. Those opinions were often deleted from these official pages and the citizens making them were blocked from commenting. These actions are an abridgment of a citizen's First Amendment Right to criticize a governmental official or entity. Sheriff Joey Terrell of Habersham County, Georgia was one of the officials who deleted dissenting comments. We decided to contact the ACLU, and they decided to take up our case for us.
The ACLU sent a letter to Sheriff Terrell, demanding that he cease the practice of deleting dissenting comments and restore commenting capabilities to those persons who had …
Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia 10/31/2017
Jury nullification occurs when a jury returns a verdict of "Not Guilty" despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it believes is either immoral or wrongly applied to the defendant whose fate they are charged with deciding.
Today I watched a trial jury do the right thing, despite the fact that, by the strict letter of the law, the defendant was guilty. It was an uplifting experience. I want to share it with marijuana law reform advocates and anyone else that cares to read it.
I'm relating this story from the perspective of my observations as a retired cop who has sat through and participated in hundreds of Superior Court proceedings. I'm elated about it from the perspective of an old cop turned marijuana legalization advocate.
During late 2012 and early 2013 the Area Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team of the Dublin, Georgia …
Fulton County and Atlanta are proving themselves to be leaders in Georgia when it comes to taking common sense actions regarding the health and well-being of their citizens. In a bold action, Fulton County has announced they will be suing companies that make and distribute opiates. Just this month in another bold move Atlanta passed legislation aimed at reducing penalties and the collateral damage associated with arrests for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Data from the Georgia Department of Public Health, released in a White Paper by SARA claimed that in 2014 drug overdose deaths exceeded traffics fatalities in Georgia (1274 to 1219) and that in 2015 they nearly equaled traffic fatalities (1307 to 1345). 68 percent of those overdose deaths were due to opioid overdoses including heroin. 0% of those overdose deaths were attributed to marijuana.
Meanwhile, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association …
My friend Stephen Bradley called me on Friday, September 14th and asked if I was sitting down. I knew it couldn't be good news, but when he told me our mutual friend James Bell had died suddenly, I experienced several moments of simple denial. This just can't be true, I thought. Then the enormity of the news dropped on me like a heavy stone as I realized how large a hole James' death leaves in the politics of Marijuana Law Reform in Georgia.
The James Bell I Knew
I met James in the fall of 2014 in Dublin, Georgia. He was there videoing a Justice for David Hooks rally. David had been killed in his own home during the execution of a fruitless search warrant, based on the word of an addict/thief who had burglarized David's property the night before his death. Soon after, I met James again when I testified against …
What's in a Name?
Marijuana, Grass, Chronic, Ganja, Weed. Just a few of the hundreds of nicknames Cannabis is called by. I always called it weed in my younger days, as in, "Hey, man. You got any weed?". These days, after much research, I have a tendency to call it Cannabis, especially when speaking to legislators and medical professionals. That is its proper name, after all.
Still, most Americans still call it marijuana, simply because that's what it's been called since the 1930s, thanks to The Marihuana Tax Act, so using the word Cannabis may serve to confuse some. In the end, I don't think it matters much, as long as we're talking about the issue.
"Recreational" vs Medicinal Use?
Is there really a difference? When I used "weed" in my early years this question wouldn't have crossed my mind. I just knew it made me feel good and I liked it. Then life put …
At the Georgia Republican Assembly Convention on 8/12/2017 David Baker, the Executive Director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition of Georgia, used a portion of a 1993 quote from the then Executive Director of NORML, Richard Cowan. Mr. Baker quoted Cowan as saying "The key to it (marijuana legalization) is medical access". Baker's comments were videoed by AllOnGeorgia's Jonathan Jiles, who wrote about them. Jonathan reached out to me and asked for a comment or two, which I happily obliged him with. You can watch the video and read his commentary by clicking here. I highly suggest you do. It's what we are fighting here in Georgia.
What Richard Cowan said in 1993 was, “The key to it is medical access, because once you have hundreds of thousands of people using marijuana medically under medical supervision, the scam is going to be blown”. Cowan’s statement is an indictment of the DEA classification of marijuana …
Shriners Are Such Clowns
"Shriners Hospitals for Children was founded in 1922 with the goal of providing expert medical care for children with no financial burden to the patients or their families.
Today that philanthropic effort supports the health care system's 22 facilities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, treating children up to 18 years of age who have orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, and more. Our advanced care is provided in a family-centered environment that is focused on maximizing a child’s quality of life, regardless of the families' ability to pay".
How Peachtree NORML Helps
The Yaarab Shrine Circus, in Atlanta, is known as the World's Largest Shrine Circus. 2017 marks the third year Peachtree NORML has received tickets to this event that we distributed to such organizations as Ronald McDonald House for parents/patients/patient's siblings; Turner Chapel for youth ministry/ low-income children; Children's Restoration Network for latch-key kids; Georgia Christian Foundation for at risk youth; The …
The Drug Whisperers
There is a hot controversy going on in Cobb County these days. It seems some Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) with Cobb County Police Department have developed Jedi skills. They claim to be able to sense when someone is driving under the influence of drugs, despite the fact that the accused passes all their Field Sobriety Tests (FST). They are now known as "Drug Whisperers", after several people who passed their FST, were arrested for DUI of Drugs anyway and compelled to have blood drawn under Georgia's Implied Consent Law.
After the tests from the GBI Crime Lab came back negative in some of the cases, these "Whisperers" still maintain that these citizens were DUI. One of the Drug Whisperers went so far as to proclaim in open court, after hearing the results of the GBI tests, that he stood by his assessment and even claimed that he could tell that …
Where’s the Roar?
Remember the song “I am Woman” by Helen Reddy? It was a song about empowerment and it has resonated with women to this day. In the 1970’s, women took to the streets demanding equality. They roared. Women from around the country banded together and let their voices be heard. They continued to roar!
Fast forward to today. We’re still roaring for many things. The government, the environment, paper vs plastic – you get the idea. What we are not roaring about is cannabis. Cannabis is a natural medication that can help alleviate many women’s health issues. We are being denied the health benefits of a plant! When are we going to stand up and roar about this?
What women’s health issues? I’m so glad you asked…..
Cannabis has helped women for hundreds of years with cramps – from commoners to queen’s.
What most people may not know is that Queen Victoria …
The Great Oconee River Raft Race
Back in 1974 some folks got together and started a small waterboard event on the Oconee River in East Dublin, Georgia. The idea took off and it became the second largest raft race in Georgia.
The event has been going on ever since, though over the years attendance has risen and fallen, much like the river the race is held on. It has also been shut down a few times over insurance issues.
In 2015, Shannon Hammond, a self-described "crazy local paddler" came up with the idea of a Tribute Paddle to try and revitalize the race. She blasted it on Facebook, mostly to kayak groups, and had roughly 100 people show up. She did the same in 2016 with about the same number of folks showing up. Both of these events were basically just a bunch of "paddlers" getting together, but Shannon wanted more. She wanted to bring …
In lieu of our July monthly meeting, Peachtree NORML invites our cannafamily to join us for a POTluck family picnic! We are providing hot …
People can often be ignorant if no one ever explained the facts. Then there are those who seem to want to stay ignorant and choose to ignore anything that goes against their personal beliefs. That is what I like to call conscious ignorance.
Let’s meet the ultimate triad of conscious ignorance…….
When I heard Donald Trump was considering a man from Alabama named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for the position of Attorney General – I immediately went to google to find out who this man was. I can still feel the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I read the words of Jeff Sessions declaring “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” (Washington Post November 18, 2016).
You can’t convey your position on cannabis any clearer than that. Those who smoke marijuana are bad people. Nice, like my self esteem wasn’t suffering enough. I’m now a bad person.
Okay let’s just go with his line …
Jesse Sasnett is a young, disabled Marine Veteran. I'm sharing this story with his permission, his encouragement even.
This is a story of folks just being folks, not hurting a soul, not being destructive, just having a good time on the banks of the Oconee River in Middle Georgia. It is also a story of how citizens can be treated, with impunity, by overbearing "Peace" Officers. Most importantly it is a story of how sticking to your guns can be successful.
Treutlen County is the 13th smallest in Georgia, with a population of approximately 6,800. Soperton, the County Seat and only town in the county, has a population of about 3,000. The unemployment rate in the county is 8.1%, which is 3.2% higher than the national average of 4.9%. If you sit on one of the benches along Main Street between 6:00 and 7:30 a.m and watch the traffic, it looks …
New Board Positions
Peachtree NORML is adding some Board Positions. The first is Director of Veteran Affairs. Veterans are an important part of this movement. The issue of PTSD is of paramount concern to us. Veteran suicides are often related to PTSD.
While we recognize that PTSD is not limited to veterans, we believe that veterans should be on the front lines in getting PTSD added to the authorized conditions for Georgia's low-THC oil law in the 2017-2018 legislative session.
Rick Raines Steps Up
When I asked Rick about serving on the Board of Directors, there was no hesitation in his answer. He immediately said, "Yes".
Rick is an RPTA and practices physical therapy in West Central Georgia. He first joined NORML in 1976 after graduating from high school. After working a few years in the textile industry, he joined the US Army as a Cavalry Scout and served overseas in Korea.
After his service, he …
They're Supposed To Work For You
While marijuana law reforms continue to move forward statewide, pressure is also mounting in Washington, …
Tabling at Smiley's Flea Market and Yard Sale, Macon GA 5/20/2017
Smiley's is a nice place to spend a Saturday in Mid-Georgia. There are hundreds of booths with thousands of items. There's lots of tasty food, and rides for the kids. Parking is free. Prices are reasonable, sometimes negotiable. There are even a few 420 friendly shops with some pretty cool glass and Tees. It's also an ideal place to talk about cannabis. The foot traffic is normally robust.
The Peachtree NORML Mid-Georgia Chapter takes advantage of that traffic once a quarter. They rent a table, lay out our educational material and swag, set up a canopy and begin spreading the news. So Barb and I with our friends Phat and Audrey made the hour or so drive to help with the message.
Reeling Them In
As the people wandered by, some glanced and quickly turned their heads. Others were nodding and smiling. Some …
On occasion you read something that you receive anonymously that is so well written that it must be shared. I am sharing this today for you all to read, without credit to the author as he wished to be anonymous and I will always protect those who want the protection. I will be reaching out to him to ask him to write again for us though. Enjoy the truth...albeit a little dated as I gave it some time before publishing.
From Bill Clinton's "I didn't inhale it" through George W. Bush's "I was young and foolish" to Barack Obama's teen years in the Choom Gang ("I inhaled frequently—that was the point"), the last three presidents have more or less owned up to breaking America's drug laws. All of them were elected. Then re-elected. This raises obvious questions: If Clinton, Bush and Obama, ex–pot smokers all, were deemed responsible enough to lead the …
Let's Talk About Heroes
There's a lot of banter going around about Allen Peake. It's actually turned into a national story. I was interviewed about it this past Sunday by Mikel Weisser, the Director of AZ NORML and a contributing writer for Cannabiz News. A lot of folks seem to want Allen arrested.
I have a different opinion. I say Allen is a hero, regardless of the speculation that he's trying to corner the market on cannabidiol in Georgia. I think the parents and all their supporters who showed up each year fighting for added conditions and safe, in-state access are heroes. People like Jennifer Conforti, Angela Simons, Bridgett Liquori, Dale Jackson and so many others. They are at the Gold Dome IN FORCE.
They've ALL been openly defying both Federal and Georgia law to get the medicine they need. Should we arrest them and lock them up, also? Should we leave Abby, …
From the new Executive Director
Hi, y'all. My name is Tom McCain. I want to introduce myself. I want you to know me and why I am so passionate about the issue of cannabis. I figure if I'm gonna drive this train in Georgia, the folks on it ought to know the engineer.
I'm an old 'Bama Boy, raised in a family of farmers. Down to earth folks who believed in goodness, in being good to everyone. My Granddad was a sod farmer. I learned to milk a cow when I was about 7, I think. I know I was plowing a mule by age 9. His farm fed his family, and everybody pitched in in some fashion, from working the fields to canning and preserving.
We didn't live on the farm, but my Dad loved his Dad, and he was a faithful son. Dad worked in a Textile Mill, Russell Southern, …
Are YOU ready to Rock Legalization in Georgia?!
Here's what we do:
Get some rocks and decorate them.
We bought our rocks from a dollar store and used paint pens, charms, and googly eyes. Please keep the images appropriate as we want all ages to have fun with this project. On the back, write our web address http://www.peachtreenorml.org and take pictures of your art.
Take them out around town and leave them.
Examples: store(outside)/park/walking trail/courthouse
Go to our Rock Legalization in Georgia Facebook Page
Post the location and hashtag your post — #PeachtreeNORML — #RockLegalizationGeorgia
Then have fun! Go out and see if you can find others!
Take a pic, post, # them, and post to the page.
This can be fun and raise awareness to the fight for Reform in Georgia. Let's see how creative you are and "Rock Legalization in Georgia".
Thank you for your continued hard work and support,
On March 30th, the last day of the Georgia Legislative session, the Senate voted 45 to 6 to pass SB 16 to further amend and expand Haliegh’s Hope Act (HB 1) signed by Gov. Deal April 16 2015. If signed by the Governor, this bill would add Tourette’s syndrome, Autism, Epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDs, Peripheral neuropathy and patients in Hospice care to the list of qualifiers currently covered under Georgia law while leaving the 5% limit on THC intact. SB 16 also includes a limited reciprocity for possession for out of state patients.
The bill’s passage caused jubilant reactions from the parents of Autistic children present at the session, several of whom were present and testified at committee hearings during this session.
While there are many people that consider this latest tweak to Georgia’s medical cannabis law a major victory, two of the most important conditions that were left out of …
On Tuesday March 21st, the Atlanta City Council Public Safety Committee's working group met to discuss reducing the penalties for possession of cannabis. This was the third in a series of meetings to address a re-work of the 84 Quality of Life ordinances initiated by Councilmember Kwanza Hall. Even though these ordinances were originally intended to make the downtown area more tourist and visitor friendly, they were used as grounds to disproportionally arrest, incarcerate and oppress minorities.
The first of the Quality of Life hearings held on February 24th was emotion filled and at times hostile towards the council members - watch that hearing here - this meeting, in contrast, was calm, civil and solely focused on possesion of marijuana.
While there is still work to be done on fine tuning the language of the ordinance, this is what they have so far:
It shall be unlawful for any person to possess one ounce or less …
22 A Day
The issue of Veteran suicides is real and troubling, as has been stated by the following U.S. Senators.
“When you have 8,000 veterans a year committing suicide, then you have a serious problem.” - Senator Johnny Isakson (R - GA)
“Every day, approximately 22 American veterans commit suicide, totaling over 8,000 veteran suicides each year — I repeat, 8,000 veteran suicides each year.” - Senator John McCain (R - AZ)
“Every day in the United States, 22 veterans succumb to suicide — losing their personal battle to invisible wounds of war.” - Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D - CT.)
Project-22 is a joint collaboration of The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) with state chapters from Missouri and Colorado.
The 1st Annual Institute of Cannabis Research Conference will be held on April 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2017, at Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado.
22 Veterans from Missouri will be flown into Pueblo for this …
With public support for reforming marijuana laws at an all time high, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) have formed the first-ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus to promote sensible cannabis policy reform and to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws.
The official establishment of a Congressional Cannabis Caucus represents yet another step forward toward ultimately reforming cannabis policy at the federal level. The creation of this caucus is yet another manifestation that our political power is growing -- even inside the beltway.
Click here to email your Congressional Representative and urge them to join the Cannabis Caucus today- http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20053
NORML has been in this fight for over 47 years, representing the position that responsible adults who choose to consume marijuana should not be be persecuted or stigmatized. Throughout the country, our chapters are organizing to advocate for state level reforms. NORML represents a growing …
Marijuana is a slang name for Cannabis, a family of plants that includes Hemp. Prior to 1937, Cannabis was used in numerous medications and was prescribed by Doctors. With the exception of a few jurisdictions which had enacted legislation prohibiting the smoking of cannabis, it was legal throughout the United States.
Then in 1937, and largely through the efforts of Harry J. Anslinger, the Marihuana Tax Act was passed and cannabis became illegal, including Hemp, a plant that had been a staple agricultural crop since Colonial America. The American Medical Association protested against this Act, but it was too late, because the proper name Cannabis was replaced by the use of the term “Marihuana”.
To verify that that the foundation of cannabis prohibition was racial bias and bigotry, one need only to look at societal norms of that era and the statements of Harry J. Anslinger during his campaign against marijuana.
In that …
The Public Safety/Legal Committee of the Atlanta City Council met on Tuesday February 14, 2017, leaders from many grassroots organizations and activists packed the room to demand action stemming from the City's lack of action surrounding the shooting death of Deaundre Phillips.
The Committee waived their original agenda and allowed public comment regarding the reform proposals for 80+ "Quality of Life" enforcement ordinances from drinking aftershave, to spitting, but the entire session turned into a back and forth over cannabis decriminalization.
The focus of the committee's discussion went to the viability of structuring an ordinance similar to the one signed by Clarkston's mayor, Ted Terry, which turned possession under an ounce into a ticketable offense.
- Click HERE to follow this link for the video from the hearing -
The resolution of this matter is scheduled to occur on Tuesday February 21st at the Atlanta City Council work session at City Hall, 10-noon.
At the start of this year's legislative session, House Leadership formed the Medical Cannabis Working Group, an 11 member panel chaired by Rep. …
Legislation is pending in the Senate, SB 105, to reduce felony marijuana possession offenses to a fine-only misdemeanor.
Under state law, the possession of over one ounce of marijuana is classified as a felony offense — punishable by a minimum of one year in jail and up to ten years in prison and a ,000 fine. Senate Bill 105 would reduce this penalty to a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of 0.
"SB 105 fits squarely with Georgia's criminal justice reform efforts," the sponsor stated in a press release. "Georgia has made great strides, but there is still much room to improve in the way that we treat drug offenses. This bill does not impair public safety, but will save many Georgians from having their lives destroyed from a felony conviction. It is my sincere hope that SB 105 can receive bipartisan support and will become law in Georgia."
Please click …
by Russ Belville
Like the 2016 Los Angeles Rams, the so-called “quarterback” of the anti-legalization movement, Kevin Sabet, has only won a quarter of his contests. He’s gone 3-9 on statewide legalization initiatives* in the past four elections.
Smart Approaches to Marijuana Use… Except Legalization
Nevertheless, his group, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), believes it can turn the tide of 60 percent public support for marijuana legalization. In support of that mission, Dr. Sabet has announced a special “take back 4/20” event in Atlanta, Georgia, closing the annual National Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit being held April 17-20.
The Project SAM Marijuana “Education” Summit will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017, at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the 6th Annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. Dr. Sabet† will be there, as well as Ohio Project SAM’s Tony Coder and Colorado Project SAM’s Ben Cort‡.
I’ve been in contact with …
More fantastic news! Our anonymous benefactor has extended the deadline for the matching donation drive through midnight of January 8th. You can still help us raise the bar to the matching amount.
[olimometer id=4]Please consider making your generous tax-deductible contribution by midnight January 8th.
Peachtree NORML is a 501C3 non profit. We will be using your donations to pay for the 2017 Public Awareness Campaigns, Public Educational Campaigns across the State and Law Maker Educational efforts throughout the year, in addition to all the things we do in building community participation and bridging the divides to bring people together to End the Drug War.
For 2017 Peachtree NORML will remain focused on convincing local, state and national law makers to reduce the harm that Prohibition has caused by reducing penalties for possessing and using a plant and providing safe access for those that choose to do so.
Peachtree NORML will be using your …
Peachtree NORML is excited to announce that an anonymous donor has offered to match all donations from now until the end of the year up to ,500.00! Your donations are Tax-Deductible.
[olimometer id=4]Please consider making your generous tax-deductible contribution by midnight December 31st.
Peachtree NORML is a 501C3 non profit. We will be using your donations to pay for the 2017 Public Awareness Campaigns, Public Educational Campaigns across the State and Law Maker Educational efforts throughout the year, in addition to all the things we do in building community participation and bridging the divides to bring people together to End the Drug War.
For 2017 Peachtree NORML will remain focused on convincing local, state and national law makers to reduce the harm that Prohibition has caused by reducing penalties for possessing and using a plant and providing safe access for those that choose to do so.
Peachtree NORML will be using your …
This will be the 4th Wild Hogs Supper that Peachtree NORML and other organizations working to reform cannabis laws in Georgia will attend.
We invite others interested in reform to join us for this evening filled with good food, giving back to the community and sharing our knowledge with our lawmakers. It is time. Please note that along with your ticket, you should bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. The event is held each year on the eve of the opening of the Georgia Legislative Session. Check out the pictures to see how others dress if you are interested.
Already ticketed folks don't forget to bring a can for the food bank.
If you have yet to get tickets, we are not sure if they will be opening up for ticket sales again or not, if they do you will find information below:
Find out more information and get your tickets here- …
Peachtree NORML is proud to be a part of the Empty Chair at the Holiday Table Campaign in conjunction with Mom's United to End the War on Drugs and A New Path. We will continue to highlight those that we have lost to drug addiction and incarceration, as our leader continue to defend the failed Drug War.
Please take time this holiday as you get together with family and friends to start a conversation and encourage others to stand up now before this failed policy grabs someone they love.
Find out more about the campaign here and sign our bill of rights here- http://www.momsunited.net/bill-of-rights-memes
Find out more about the Moms United To End the War on Drugs mission and work at http://www.momsunited.net/
Photos from our last two events that highlighted this poignant campaign
Peachtree NORML ran a booth at the first ever Unity in the Community Festival in Dublin, Georgia on Saturday, November 12th, 2016. This allowed us …
The Cannabis Business Awards are presented to cannabis industry businesses, individuals, and organizations in both medical and recreational sectors, as well as ancillary industries. Awards go to those deserving of historical recognition and esteemed accolades. Join us December 7th in Denver, Colorado for an amazing event, where we will celebrate with friends, colleagues and associates the progression and innovation that has taken place in 2016.
Voters - You must fill out your name, business, and valid email for your vote to count! Voting ends December 1, 2016!
You may only choose one person per category, and self-voting is not permissible. You are not required to fill in all categories. (Please note that duplicate I.P. addresses will nullify* ALL votes from that address!)
A Resounding Victory
No, I’m not talking about the Presidential election, you can make up your own mind about that. What cannot be argued is that yesterday, voters went to the polls all over America, and they resoundingly voted YES on Cannabis. Last night, Cannabis went 8 for 9 with regards to cannabis law reform, in what many organizations, including LEAP have referred to as a “resounding victory”.
California Votes Yes on 64
Prop 64 was a highly contested piece of legislation amongst cannabis advocates. While there is certainly some disagreement upon the best way to move forward with a legalization initiative, what we have is a system where fewer people are going to jail for possessing cannabis in California, and that is a victory regardless of how you look at it.
“With its carefully crafted provisions for helping to heal the damage caused by the war on marijuana to poor communities and people …
While the nation sat glued to its television sets waiting to see the conclusion of one of the most bizarre elections in our nation's history, …
NORML Gubernatorial report card give Georgia a failing grade
"With the 2016 election only days away, NORML is pleased to release
of our first ever Gubernatorial Scorecard. Inspired by NORML’s
Congressional Scorecard, this extensive database as
signs a letter grade ‘A’
through ‘F’ to every state governor based upon his or her comments and
voting records specific to matters of marijuana policy.
Read more and see where other State Governors stand.
"It will come as no surprise to Georgia citizens and advocates that Governor Deal is at the bottom of the barrel when it come to harm reduction strategies. He claims to be leading the way on criminal justice reform, but continues his prohibitionist ways on the cannabis issue. He is afraid of a few social users that rarely consume or purchase cannabis in our State and uses that fear to keep this plant from our most vulnerable citizens, sick patients." said Sharon Ravert. " It is time for …
Organizers of the 2nd Annual Cannabist Awards are seeking nominations for a
variety of cannabis-related categories. So please take a minute to nominate
NORML for “Community // Activism” organization of the year. I think it’s a
great opportunity to highlight the hard work of NORML Chapters from around
You do not need to vote in every category for your nominations to count.
Simply click the link below to get started!
Sixty percent of Americans believe that “the use of marijuana should be legal,” according to nationwide polling data released today by Gallup. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by the polling group, and represents more than a doubling in public support over the past two decades.”
The data closely follows the release of polling data compiled by the Pew Research Center showing a similar, dramatic shift in public opinion in favor of legalization.
Those ages 18 to 34 (77 percent), Independents (70 percent), and Democrats
(67 percent) were most likely to endorse legalization in the Gallup poll.
Support was weakest among Republicans (42 percent) and those age 55 or older
The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- four percentage points.
Peachtree NORML hosted an educational booth in Piedmont Park October 8-9 and entered a float in the Atlanta Pride 2016 parade this year.
Thanks to Dean, Kelley and Kim for organizing volunteers and preparing the merchandise and educational information. We would like to thank everyone for coming out to help us spread the seeds of truth about cannabis. Our movement grew by leaps and bounds thanks to each of you.
We would also like to give a shout out to Pure Hemp rolling papers for sponsoring our booth, Dr. Felicia for giving a large donation to help with printed materials and Adam Eidinger, and Collette with DCMJ.org for taking time out of their busy schedule and driving all the way from Washington D.C. to join us in the parade with the Dr. Bronners Jail for our float. Their dedication to changing the entire country is incredibly humbling.
The city of Atlanta's reaction to our …
Find Us in Piedmont Park, Saturday & Sunday 10 - 7
Peachtree NORML, along with volunteers from our various state-wide affiliates, will be present at this year's Atlanta Pride Festival. We will have printed handouts, tee-shirts and other swag at our booth in Section B, Booth 12 (that's B-12, like the vitamin!).
This is always a great event to meet people from all parts of Georgia to engage in the spread of the truth about cannabis, industrial and medicinal and all of it's 50,000+ uses. Of course, there will be a wide variety of food, a Beer Garden and hundreds of other exhibitors to see and lots of free trinkets.
This year's theme is "Nobody Belongs in Jail for a Plant" and our float, should send a great message to all who see it.
The parade is on Sunday, starting at 12:00 at Ralph McGill and Peachtree St., and continues north on Peachtree …
Peachtree NORML is pleased to announce that our float theme elected for Atlanta Pride Parade on October 9th, 2016 is “No one belongs in jail for a plant!”
Peachtree NORML plans to use the same jail cell David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, first used to harvest hemp in front of the White House on April 18th 2010. Bronner was arrested protesting the United States' harsh policy against industrial hemp. David then donated the cell to DCMJ to support the decriminalization initiative in Washington DC. Since that day, the cell travels in support of cannabis reform all over the country.
Peachtree NORML’s executive director, Sharon Ravert, met the caretakers of the cell while attending UNGASS in Washington, DC. Once our float theme was chosen, Peachtree NORML inquired about the use of the cell for the Atlanta Pride Parade. They jumped at the chance to be in the parade and help …
A special thing happened when the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints took to the gridiron for a Monday Night Football matchup this past …
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The Voter Registration Deadline is Near!
Like Snoop said, "If you want your weed legal, go register to vote." But that's not all. You have to support and vote for candidates that want to end the Drug War and the prohibition of Cannabis. You can't vote if you aren't registered.
If you have moved to a new address since the last election, you will need to update your registration.
If you are a college student from out of state you can register to vote where you are.
If you are or are going to be 18 by November 8, 2016 you may register to vote.
The Voter Registration Deadline in Georgia is October 11th
To register, update your registration and if you don't know where to vote, you can find out online using any of these tools. Be sure to find the sample ballots at your …
In Georgia the last day to register to vote in the 2016 elections is October 11th. Find out if you are registered, register or make changes to you registration. You can do so online at Register to Vote.
NORML has released and updated 2016 congressional scorecard. Find where your Representative and Senator stand on the issue, including votes, comments and what their letter grade is on the NORML Scorecard and read the Executive Summary as well.
The Fully Informed Jury Association’s (FIJA) Jury Rights Day is Monday, September 5th, 2016! This also falls on Labor Day. FIJA has asked that we celebrate anytime we can around the holiday.
Peachtree NORML, in conjunction with FIJA Georgia, Spartacus Legal, and The Human Solution International, encourage you to educate yourself and others about one’s rights when serving on a jury for the month of September
Here is how you can ACT!
Learn about Jury Nullification
Learn about the court system by sitting in on a trial
Tell someone else about jury nullification
Attend a meeting
We have meetings around the state where you can learn about Jury Nullification and pick up materials to help educate yourself and others!
Click on the locations below for meeting information:
Peachtree NORML: Atlanta
Peachtree NORML Mid-Georgia: Macon
Peachtree NORML Northwest Georgia: Woodstock
A Choice Between Two Liberties
Today the 9th Circuit court of appeals ruled in a 3-0 decision that the 2nd Amendment rights of US citizens living in…
What Do They Expect
The following news story is about a marijuana deal gone bad. It is about murder, aggravated assault and dealing marijuana. It is also a statement about Prohibition and one of the many problems Prohibition causes.
The 18th and the 21st Amendments
Apparently, we didn't learn a damned thing with the 18th and 21st Amendments. If we did, that knowledge seems to have been forgotten or is being deliberately ignored. As a result, we are right back where we were between 1920 and 1933.
The 18th Amendment created "The Mob". That's an undeniable fact. While the do-gooders thought the Prohibition of Alcohol would cure what they perceived as a social evil, what it in fact did was create the cancer of the Black Market in Alcohol. During this time, murders and thefts were common occurrences between rival gangs. It took 13 years of lawlessness for the Country to wake up, realize you …
Where Do We Go From Here?
Many Georgia citizens are wondering where to go to redress their grievances over oppressive marijuana laws. Many have been to the Gold Dome, to Washington D.C., to New York to visit the U.N. trying to influence legislation, all to no avail.
Now we are trying to have a rational discussion with City Councils across Georgia, as this seems to be the only legal avenue afforded us.
Peachtree NORML supporters also recently began expressing their discontent on Official Law Enforcement Facebook pages’ “brag” posts about marijuana arrests. This course of action is a way for activists to inform and educate others while standing up for what they believe.
It seems local Sheriff’s departments are not happy with our decision to use our First Amendment right and they may be on the hunt to shut us up.
An Activist Oppressed
Meet Skip and Ginny Eckartz. Skip is a 61-year-old, retired Charter …
A day in the life of a patient
It begins innocently enough, a doctors appointment. Since it’s a new doctor in a new state, I feel the need to explain my MMJ use, and looking at surgery, ask that I not be tested. Luckily, my doctor is well educated and was impressed with my decision to forgo pills when possible. So it’s going pretty well now, but I have to find said medicine, since my local pharmacy doesn’t carry my preferred naturals. It’s not an easy search either; no one will openly speak of cannabis, so when in a new area finding new contacts, you don’t have a lot of choices in medicines.
A girlfriend and I went searching, with our golden ticket, a contact!!! Five minutes into the ride, we are already complaining of pain, adjusting pillows, and wishing for a Valium for the anxiety; Only 1 more hour… one way. …
One of the main planks in Peachtree NORML's platform is Harm Reduction. Georgia's Draconian marijuana laws place a heavy burden on those charged with possession of marijuana. An arrest creates a criminal record which follows an individual for a lifetime and can lead to the loss of jobs and educational benefits. Fines and private probation fees add to the burden. Factor in that the arrest leads to a suspension of one's driver's license, preventing one from getting back and forth to work, and the burden becomes heavier. That is until July 1st, 2016.
Over the past few days, I was contacted by several folks asking me if Georgia Law had changed. Some had received notices from the Department of Driver Services (DDS). Others had gone to Drug Assessment classes and been told to check with DDS. ALL HAD THEIR LICENSES REINSTATED. Of course, this prompted me to try and contact DDS, a …
As things went south for all of the introduced marijuana legislation this year again, many local municipalities are thinking out of the box. The first to announce a plan to refocus police resources comes out of Clarkston. Mayor Ted Terry says it is time to decriminalize less than an ounce of marijuana. He believes a standing Georgia law referred to as "Home Law" gives his city the power to do so. He wishes to try something new that they believe will make their community safer. It will free up police to focus on violent crime.
It seems that the vote will be in May, if it passes Clarkston will be the first city to decriminalize small amounts in Georgia.
Read more here:
It seems so cruel that year after year the same Senator would kill a bill that is meant to help many suffering Georgia patients. She seems determined to continue Prohibition in our State and she doesn't care about those suffering the consequences of her reefer madness.
In an Atlanta Journal interview she reveals her plan to hold the bill hostage again with another promise for next year.
Unterman said she felt the push to expand the list needed more work and discussion than time would allow during the session.
“I met with some of the families and I’ve committed to continue working on it with them, and that’s what I told them,” Unterman said. When asked if she expected to schedule a hearing, she said: “No, it’s not coming up.”
Read full AJC article here.
Seems 3 years ago most citizens and many legislators were saying Georgia can't move fast enough. How much more time …
Senator Harold Jones II introduced SB254 a bill to provide that simple possession of marijuana constitutes a misdemeanor.
Georgia has been working towards sensible reforms on Criminal Justice and this is a good first step. Marijuana is the gateway to a criminal record that can follow you forever.
The bill has been given a hearing in front of the Senate Judicial Non-Civil committee on Thursday Feb. 25 at 3:00pm in room 307 CLOB. Please join us in making this first step a successful one.
Peachtree NORML Executive Director, Sharon Ravert, is an Atlanta native and life long Republican. "I am in full agreement with Ann Lee" says Ravert. "You don't have to be pro cannabis to be anti-prohibition, The Grand Ole Party is primed for a revolution of conscientiousness towards prohibition of marijuana and the Young Republicans are leading the way."
Ann Lee, a powerhouse octogenarian activist and mother of Richard Lee,the founder of Oaksterdam University. Inspired by her wheelchair-bound son, she now tells fellow Lone Star Republicans to “Just say grow.” She makes quite a stir at the drug conferences, an outspoken grandmother helping to lead the conservative wing of the cannabis movement. As she told the Washington Post, “It disturbs me greatly that Republicans would distort the principles of small government, fiscal responsibility and personal liberty in such a way that they could support the failed principle of marijuana prohibition any longer.
Read more at …
Honorable Committee members,
To those of you supporting HB722, kudos!! To those of you who are trying to pick it apart and stonewall it, shame on …
Peachtree NORML is proud to announce that Georgia is moving forward with marijuana law reform. The General Assembly has 7 bills to consider in the 2016 session. There is much work to do and we are still working to educate our legislators. We are at the tipping point now.
Contact your legislators today. Click here to make it easy.
The media coverage is abundant. The Press Conference today for SB 254 introduced by Senator Harold Jones II. Included Representative Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Senator Vincent Fort, Peachtree NORML, Ga CARE, Spartacus Legal, LEAP, NAACP and others.
See the media below:
Full Video of January 20, 2016 Press Conference on Senate Bill 254
Fox 5 Atlanta- Georgia Bill Would Make Marijuana Possession a Misdemeanor
WSB Radio: Bill would eliminate Felony charge for marijuana possession
WRDW TV Augusta- Georgia Senator introduces bill to eliminate felony marijuana laws
WMAZ Channel 13- Savage Truth: Georgia lawmakers face seven marijuana bills
The Augusta Chronicle- Augusta lawmaker …
Legislation has been pre-filed for the 2016 legislative session to eliminate felony marijuana possession laws.
Senate Bill 254 amends the state criminal code so that no marijuana possession offense may any longer be classified as a felony. Nearly a dozen states have similar laws.
Under state law, any marijuana possession offense involving more than one ounce of cannabis is classified as a felony offense, punishable by one year (mandatory) to up to ten years in prison and a ,000 fine.
According to an analysis of arrest data by the ACLU, Georgia ranks sixth out of all US jurisdictions in total annual marijuana possession arrests and ninth in per capita possession arrests.
Action Alerts are easy, click the link and you will be directed to that NORML.org site, fill in your zip code and send your elected officials the message that we are ready for serious reform in Georgia.
The Peachtree NORML Atlanta meeting in December was the last at Manuel’s Tavern for a few months. Manuel’s staff informed Peachtree NORML that they decided to renovate the entire restaurant. The January meeting is cancelled as we look for our new monthly home. We would like to thank Manuel's Tavern for hosting Peachtree NORML meetings in such a historical venue for the last 3 years!
Instead we invite you to visit our new Athens chapter for their first meeting!
When: January 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Where: Fuzzy's Taco Shop (Athens)
265 N Lumpkin St
Athens, GA 30601
Guest Speaker: Sharon Ravert, Director of Peachtree NORML
Secondary: Michael Williams, Director of Athens affiliate.
Meet and Greet for all our supporters as we make changes to our state and community! Get an idea of what NORML is, what it is doing and what we will be doing in Athens in the coming months!
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A well versed and diverse group of professionals gathered in support of Peachtree NORML Saturday October 17th at the home of Dr. Uma Dhanabalan. The work Peachtree NORML does in Georgia and beyond to educate others to the benefits of marijuana and the devastating harms of the prohibition of the marijuana plant took center stage. The event brought in citizens of Georgia from all walks of life and from every political party in the State. WE all agree it is time to End Marijuana Prohibition and we are working together to make sure Georgia is the first state in the South, not the last.
The fundraiser sponsored by Magical Butter was a resounding success. We were honored to have State Senator Curt Thompson sponsor of SR6, (you cantrack the bill here ). Other distinguished guest included Diane Goldstein of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP); Dr. Uma Dhanabalan- Uplifting Health and Wellness and Diane Fornbacher Editor in …
The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus asked Peachtree NORML's Executive Director, Sharon Ravert and Board member, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan to testify at the first Medical Marijuana commission hearing held on October 20th. The hearing focused on diversity as we move forward. Public testimony was allowed and many took to the podium.
The next hearing will be November 10th at 9:00 a.m. room #505 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building. Testimony from healthcare professionals and Medical doctors will be heard. Dr. Uma Dhanabalan will be returning home to Georgia to testify at this hearing.
As I watched the breaking news of the Oregon shooting at Umpqua Community College, my first thought was Refocus, the second was what about the children? College students are someone's child. They are not safe. No one is really. But we will protect them from marijuana by God. Refocus
As many were celebrating the end of prohibition in Oregon, I couldn't help but wonder how many resources we will continue to squander on a fairly benign plant that anyone could grow for free in their fenced back yard or closet. I thought of the police resources that will be used to protect us from this plant and the industry around it. I envisioned guarded front doors at the grand opening of legal marijuana businesses. I remembered a mass shooting in a town a few miles away from a dispensary in California being raided by local, state and federal enforcers I was watching live a …
As drug policy and criminal justice reform intersect in Washington D.C., the decades of work from many reform organization like NORML, Students …
It's time to update our volunteer database!
We appreciate our Activists & Volunteers! We have many opportunities to work for reform in Georgia to decriminalize & legalize cannabis. Our goal is to better fit you with your interests and skills. See the updated information below on how you can help grow & strengthen Peachtree NORML.
SEEKING ACTIVISTS & VOLUNTEERS…
With so many events and community efforts coming up, we need more volunteers to support our efforts! We also need leaders who want to be our Activists to Legislators, Law Enforcement, Teachers, the Clergy, Healthcare, Corporations and your neighbors.
BENEFITS OF BEING A VOLUNTEER ACTIVIST & SUPPORT VOLUNTEER:
YOU can work for reform and actively make change in Georgia! The ultimate reward of your efforts will bring the end of marijuana prohibition and criminalization. You will be a big a part of a movement of change in many areas related to perception of marijuana use politically, …
Peachtree NORML supporters were out in full force at the Walk To Defeat ALS. We handed out information about ALS and cannabis. We were approached by many people looking to sign up for the medical marijuana CBD Low Thc registry and gave them that information. We are always looking for others to join our walking team. If you are interested in joining us please send your contact info to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line in the email should read: Walking Team.
During the otherwise typical press conference held today in preparation for UFC 193, UFC champ Ronda Rousey lit up the press conference by first …
Many people fighting to end prohibition of marijuana know the consequences all to well of being caught with a dirty urine screen. Most know you can lose your job, your right to drive a car, your freedom, your home, your bank account, your children, your right to own a gun, your right to vote, your right to healthcare, your right to an organ transplant, your right to apply for college financial aid, your right to fight for your country. Over 23 million citizens in the United States live with this reality each and everyday. Yet the drug war rages on as we see public opinion drastically supporting the End of Prohibition. Now the Nevada athletics commission is highlighting the hypocrisy of such prohibition laws and how they can cost you not only your future, but can affect your entire community.
How far is America willing to go to eradicate a plant …
As a country is this really want we want? To spend 50 Billion a year on fueling an enormous Law Enforcement bureaucracy, the militarization of police departments as they seize the rational for well this is why we need an armored personal carrier to enforce the drug warrant on a non violent marijuana offenders; and the civil asset forfeiture that comes along with it.
And for a conservative concerned about the size and growth of government, this is something you should absolutely be for. It is one of the most effective ways of reducing the size scope influence and hypocrisy of government.- Steve Schmidt, Republican Strategist
Peachtree NORML Executive Director Sharon Ravert couldn't agree more. She has been encouraging Republican strategists for years, and they are finally getting on board. "We can't arrest our way out of marijuana use and we shouldn't want to. The last 80+ years have proven Prohibition doesn't work …
Nathan Deal has a plan. You see, too many businesses in Georgia are struggling to get competent applicants to fill their jobs. Governor Deal believes this is in a large part due to drug testing. On this point I agree. From there, Governor Deal not only derails but runs his train of thought clear off the rail system entirely.
You see, Nathan Deal’s plan to increase the pool of qualified workers is not something logical, like say legalizing cannabis and recommending the removal of THC tests from drug tests. Nathan Deal’s incredible plan is to offer “incentives” (money) to private employers to “notify” state officials when job applicants fail drug tests. From there, the plan gets a bit vague. However, what we do know is that Governor Deal would like to get the Department of Behavioral Health involved. The federal Department of Labor was also mentioned in Governor Deal’s remarks.
This problem …
Hi, I’m Daniel Almond, and I’m running for the Georgia General Assembly
seat 159 in the Republican Primary. I support full cannabis legalization as
part of a much needed and aggressive agenda to reform the state’s justice
system and reduce the size and scope of government. I served 8 years in the
US Marine Corps including combat tours in Iraq, and worked as a certified
Corrections Officer in the state of Georgia for 3 years. I have also worked
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wife and three daughters.
SSDP – NORML Summit
This weekend NORML hosted a group of brilliant college students from Students for Sensible Drug Policy at a summit in Dahlonega GA. We had great food and great conversation. The framework of a model to employ across the state in now in place. First, we’ll be working in the college towns. Why? Because that is where most of these students reside during the majority of the year. As success comes, we hope to gain support in each county following the lead of SSDP. There are several SSDP chapters in local high schools as well.
Peachtree NORML also renewed our commitment to the students working at the University of Georgia through Athens CARE. Voter registration is going to be part of our renewed emphasis, both in Athens and statewide. Peachtree NORML will continue our campaign of education of our citizens as well as elected officials on the harms of …
Today could be a pivotal day in ending prohibition once and for all. It is a rally call of sorts and the citizens of this country are wondering what took so long. The line in the sand is being drawn today at 4:30 est. Prohibitionist are being challenged in Federal court as law suits are filed for equal protection.
"What about the children?" says Sharon Ravert- Executive Director of Peachtree NORML "Families are being devastated in the name of protecting the children. Prohibition has failed. It is time for it to end before it ruins one more life."
"...The Law Office of Matthew Pappas, The Human Solution International, the Law Office of Anthony Curiale and The Swain Law Office will hold a press conference on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 1 :30 p.m. at the Marriott Live located at 900 W. Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles... While significant civil rights gains have been …
In a historic vote today. The Senate Appropriations committee voted 21-9 to approve an amendment put up by Senator Mikulski (D-MD) to protect state medical marijuana laws. This amendment is the companion to one that passed last week in the House 242-186, sponsored by Rep Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep Farr (D-CA).
"Bi-partisan support from our elected officials on marijuana law reform is refreshing." -says Sharon Ravert, Executive Director of Peachtree NORML, "Soon there will be no excuse left for states to deny patients safe access. It is time to put seeds in the ground and stop stalling. The most danger surrounding this plant is the criminality of getting caught with it. Pick a model, mimic it and move quickly. -- the Feds are calling off the dogs. It is a great day indeed."
Here is the vote:
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) : YES
Christopher Coons (D-DE): YES
Dick Durbin (D-IL): YES
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): …
Thanks to everyone that came to the meeting at Manules Tavern for our June meeting celebrating Hemp History Week. Lots of good information was …
We had a good turnout for our first meeting in Middle Georgia. A lot of information was shared with everyone there. Follow their face book page @ …
Peachtree NORML celebrated the 6th annual Hemp History Week at our June monthly meeting with many samples and examples of hemp products available for our attendees to experience. We began by defining the difference between hemp and its cousin marijuana. Hemp is a different variety of the same species, Cannabis sativa L., and contains 0.3% or less THC.
Hemp was made illegal by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. However, in 1942 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) produced the movie Hemp for Victory. The United States government denied this film existed unit 1989. We viewed the film in awe of the amount of hemp grown and the equipment available to harvest and process it. Afterwards we displayed a power point that Peachtree NORML members can use to educate farmers and others in agricultural industries in Georgia.
Letter writing, jewelry making, and product sampling were the activities of the evening! With a …
Please join us for the inaugural meeting for Peachtree NORML of Middle Georgia on Sunday June 7, 2015 at the VFW Post 658 (4864 Harrison Road Macon, Georgia 31206). The meeting starts at 4:30 pm. We will have our new line of Peachtree NORML tee shirts, a raffle for some great merchandise, and we will have examples of what Industrial Hemp can be used for. There will be a lot of information on ending prohibition and Industrial Hemp.
I want everyone to come out and support Sam Greco and Kimberly McKinley with the new chapter. See everyone on Sunday!
For more information view the event on our Facebook page.
via OnlineAthens.com- Patients who have to go out of state to get cannabis oil say they face risks even though the product is legal.
Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed the law that makes it legal for qualified patients to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil in Georgia. But patients who need the oil still have to go out of state to get it, because it remains illegal to produce at home.
That means families have to travel out-of-state to get the oil, and it is unclear whether the federal government will tolerate that.
The U.S. Justice Department has said it will not stand in the way of states that want to legalize marijuana as long as there are effective controls in place. However, marijuana remains illegal under federal law and in every state between Georgia and Colorado.
That, according to Rep. Allen Peake, means families that have to drive or fly to Colorado could …
Today Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB1 , the Hayleigh's Hope law. A limited form of low thc/high cbd oil for a short list of patients in Georgia is now legal to possess. Although patients will have to rely on outside of the state sources for this very specialized oil and break federal law to get it to Georgia parent are willing to take the risk. Representative Allen Peake, Representative Micah Gravely and their colleagues along with the parents and patients across Georgia worked diligently over the last 18 months and today they celebrate the victory. It is a very good day for many very sick Georgian. Many of the seizure patients will be coming home according to reports.
The first temporary card was given to Hayleigh Cox, the child HB1 was named after. Her mother could barely contain her emotion as she spoke to the media. She is so …
In an effort to bring more young people into the fight for policy reform, memberships will be offered for students on April 20th for the low price of .20. Young people, are the generation most affected by the draconian marijuana laws in Georgia. Students have a large stake in securing sensible marijuana laws. Don't wait until you or your friend is a statistic. 30,000+ will be arrested in Georgia this year, if trends continue many will be under 23.
.Join for .20 on 4/20. We will put out a reminder in the next newsletter and links will be posted on both our facebook/group and our facebook/page. And don't forget NORML will be attending the Georgia CARE 4/20 event that evening at 7:00. Come out and have some 4/20 fun.
Marijuana law reform is tricky in Georgia, but so many of you are doing the work already. Join us and join in on making history in …
It is often that others don't understand the frustration of patients and their families. We are told in many southern states there is a choice of breaking federal or state laws. Moving to a more compassionate state, or staying to suffer based on your zip code. People from all over the southeast call with horrible stories of arrest, prosecution and loss of their children to the state. They feel scared and alone. Doctors are afraid, friends are judgmental and who know what will happen if police or child services are called. Here is a letter from one in North Carolina to her friend concerning her health and her fear of police. The letter was addressed to a long time family friend and mentor who happens to work in law enforcement.
I thought if I explained my perspective and fear that maybe it would give you an understanding of why I am who I …
ATLANTA – During the hustle and bustle of a rather mundane crossover day, Senator Curt Thompson (D - Tucker) stood in the well and sparks erupted as he addressed the Senate chamber, speaking passionately opposed to SB185, the Senate’s CBD only bill.
“I understand what this bill is… To declare victory and get out, to say you have done something but to not necessarily do something…” stated Thompson from the well, speaking to a packed Senate chamber that included both Representative Allen Peake (R - Macon) as well as Governor Nathan Deal. Senator Thompson’s message was clear, “window dressing” as Thompson would call it, would not help bring home Georgians.
Discussing the author of SB185, Lindsey Tippins (R - Marietta) Thompson would state “I wish he [Tippins] had served on the study committee and had actually been to some of those hearings because perhaps some of his concerns would have been allayed” pointing out …
Last week we had the pleasure of sitting down with MJ Freeway co-owner, Jessica Billingsley. Jessica Billingsley is co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of MJ Freeway Business Solutions, a woman-owned software company focused on providing a business software platform for marijuana businesses. Jessica also serves on the board of the National Cannabis Industry Association which lobbies on the federal level. She shared with us her thoughts regarding the marijuana business and the advancement of marijuana reform.
MJ Freeway provides point of sale, inventory tracking, manufacturing and cultivation management software for marijuana businesses. What circumstances led you to see the need for the business software platform you provide?
I was living in Colorado and was invited to invest in one of the first licensed dispensaries. As we were conducting our research, we asked what the dispensary was going to choose for their inventory tracking software and we realized there was nothing out …
Dr. Uma Dhanabalan was at The Georgia State Capitol speaking with legislators about whole plant medicine
You can make a difference from the privacy of your own home. You don't have to get in front of a t.v. camera or come out of the cannabis closet to everyone. You also don't have to use cannabis to be against its prohibition. We can make a difference one at a time and enjoy the fact that our numbers are growing exponentially. There is power in numbers and it is time to raise our voices. Please click on each link below and utilize your voice through the National NORML website Take Action for Georgia.
Support SR6- introduced by Senator Curt Thompson of the 5th-
Senate Resolution 6, which, if approved, would place a constitutional amendment seeking to legalize marijuana on the electoral ballot.
SR6 would regulate the commercial cultivation, processing, and retail of marijuana to adults over the age of 21
Support HB 283 introduced by Rep. Allison of the 8th-
To amend …
Why do YOU support cannabis legalization?
Earlier this month Representative Allen Peake doubled-down on last year’s failed attempt to bring relief to sick Georgians with the filing of House Bill 1. Also known as the Haleigh’s Hope Act, HB1 would expand the number of eligible conditions that last year’s failed effort promised, from just one condition (or group of conditions) to seventeen specific medical conditions that research has shown can be treated with medical marijuana. If the substitute bill is passed as-written the conditions will include:
Severe pain or nausea from cancer treatment
Muscle spasticity disorder
Sickle cell anemia
A terminal illness that involves severe pain, nausea or wasting
Push back from law enforcement
According to Terry Norris, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs Association, allowing anyone other than seizure patients to have access to marijuana oil is an unacceptable “expanded use” of the drug that he doesn’t believe should be condoned. He argues that …
Peachtree NORML is expecting a large group of citizens supporting marijuana law reform and criminal justice reform to unite in the newly designed Liberty Plaza. A call to end the drug war and implement harm reduction strategies to promote healing within our communities. We understand the hard work ahead and are ready to move forward with solutions. Work is being done in other states and world wide. It is time for Georgia to decide our fate.
A distinguished group of speakers and activist will be in attendance. Supporter from around the state will be joining with other citizens across the southeast in a show of solidarity. Rallies are planned in Tallahassee, Florida and Birmingham, Alabama. Please make your plans to join us in Atlanta.
Date: February 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 3:30
Where: Liberty Plaza Capitol Avenue (across from the Gold Dome)
for more information you can reach us at email@example.com
Facebook event link
In an attempt to repair some of the damage done by Rep. Allen Peake's (R-Macon) decision to back down on his promise to bring Georgia medical marijuana refugees home, the Macon Telegraph on Sunday published an editorial lambasting the thousands of patients and activists in Georgia that are pushing back against the "compromise" struck between Peake and Governor Nathan Deal.
In a piece that could have just as easily have been written by one of Peake's staff members, the Macon Telegraph asserts the premise that stakeholders in the fight to bring relief to thousands of Georgia citizens should essentially stop complaining and take a look at all of the "positive" elements in HB1. In an attempt to respond to the Macon Telegraph's opinion that Peake's back peddling and deal-making are "a compromise we can live with", we list below what the editors at the Telegraph probably think are their strongest arguments for compromise.
While the …
Besides awesome football, what do Georgia, Michigan, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia have in common? These are the five states that the Institute for Justice list in an extensive 2010 study titled Policing for Profit as having the most egregious civil asset forfeiture laws in the country. Unlike criminal asset forfeiture, under civil forfeiture the owner of the property being seized does not have to be charged with a crime. Cash, cars, homes and other property can be taken without even filing charges, let alone convicting the property’s owner of a crime. Georgia law also puts property owners in the position of providing the burden of proof to reclaim their property once it has been taken from them by the government.
Worse, the process is facilitated because of the lack of procedural safeguards: “Because it is a civil proceeding, civil forfeiture does not provide all the legal rights guaranteed to individuals charged with a crime, such as …
Georgia is moving forward on marijuana reform. There are now three pre filed bills addressing the issue. NORML anticipate at least one more will come down the pipes. NORML will continue to advocate for the decriminalization and regulation of cannabis. Your zipcode should not decide your fate anymore. With so many states working toward reform, Georgia would do good to not be last on this if we want to continue bringing the film industry here and continue to be an international city. We must allow others that live in more sensible states to visit with their medicine at the very least.
NORML supports full plant therapy. If a certain strain or titration level is needed for certain patients that should be decided by the doctor. We also support training for healthcare providers on the ECS, we would like to see CME credits given for this continuing education. NORML also will continue …
Tragedy many times turns to triumph, except for when it doesn't. The deck is stacked against many victims of the over militarization of our police force and their blind pursuit to win America longest running war, the drug war. The name of the game is protecting evidence, not public safety. Police and Sheriffs all over this country rely on confidential informants to obtain search warrants. There are over 50,000 swat type raids in America every year, this is not an isolated incident.
NORML has been at each of the rally's to support the Phonesavanh family as they seek justice for their son and family. The medical bills and the future medical procedures are only part of the story. The fear and trauma that this family will most likely endure after being subject to such tactics could haunt them for a very long time. “When …
Peachtree NORML encourages community outreach and this is just one of the projects we are very proud to be a part of. This is the second year that our supporters graciously purchased gifts for the Ronald McDonald House to bring to our Hempy Holiday Party. Thanks to everyone that participated.
Look for more of our efforts in 2015. We plan to cook for the families at the Ronald McDonald House. We will be working on a Habitat for Humanity build. We are looking for a team to run in the Peachtree Road Race. If you have any ideas for ways for us to get more involved in the community contact us at - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cautions abound from opponents and supporters alike in Georgia’s debate about whether to legalize medical marijuana....PolitiFact put the claims about drugged driving to the test.
"We seem to think no one is consuming cannabis in Georgia and those that do are irresponsibly jumping in cars and hitting 285 wide open." says Sharon Ravert. "Any type of intoxication is dangerous when operating heavy equipment, we see the warnings on pill bottles. We hear it in the "Drive responsibly" mantra.
We will assist Georgia as we move forward with reform to enact sensible safety measures to protect the public on roadways. No one wants impaired drivers on our roads, but as things stand now there is a zero tolerance policy for marijuana metabolites with driving. Which mean even if you consume in a legal state while on vacation, you will be driving under the influence for up to 30 days when you come home …
"Jeremy Sharp is one of the hardest working young men and advocate for sensible drug policy I think I have ever met." said Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML. "NORML works with students across the state to advocate for change in drug policy and are proud to have a strong relationship with SSDP (Students for Sensible Drug Policy)." Ravert continues "We strive to keep a student from SSDP on the board of Peachtree NORML and will continue to mentor young people as we work along side of them on our common quest for change in Georgia. We work together for comprehensive criminal justice reform that implements harm reduction strategies, enhances public safety and saves millions of taxpayer dollars."
We couldn't be more proud of SSDP at the University of North Georgia. They were integral in getting the law passed and continue to educate citizens about its passing and what it all means. …
Thanks to everyone that made our party such a success. Special thanks to Adam Kadmon for the music "You Rock" and to all that brought gifts for the …
As the Director of Health & Safety for a large general contracting firm, I was recently charged with the task of reviewing and overhauling our company’s substance abuse policy. This included a close analysis of cost versus benefits, as well as practicality of testing for certain substances. It didn’t take long to figure out that the costs far outweighed the benefits.
For starters, I discovered that the purpose for most work related substance abuse policies was not predicated on a genuine desire to eliminate drug abuse in the workplace, but rather a desire to lower workers compensation insurance premiums. Most large carriers offer discounts ranging from seven percent to 10 percent on premiums for employers with substance abuse policies certified by their respective state's “State Workers Compensation Board”. Just about all programs are written with the intent of obtaining the blessing of state boards in order to qualify for premium discounts. …
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, …
Ask anyone who has grown up or spent any time in Georgia and they will tell you that this state will likely be one of the last to legalize marijuana. In a state that’s home to over 10,000 churches and a very conservative base, Georgia will never, ever make marijuana available for its citizens in any form.
Representative Allen Peake Introduces CBD Bill
On Monday, November 17, State Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon) showed up to the Gold Dome early in order to pre-file his medical marijuana legislation. Known as the Haleigh’s Hope Act, the bill received the coveted “House Bill 1” designation, showing a serious commitment by politicians to make medical marijuana available in some form to sick Georgians.
HB 1 will make legal medical marijuana extracts that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) available for a select number of sick Georgians. HB1 is very similar to last year’s …
In August of 1735, New York printer John Peter Zenger found himself on trial for the charge of "seditious libel against his Majesty's government" for publishing stories critical of New York colonial rule. Despite the judge's instruction to the contrary Zenger's jury took only 10 minutes to find him not guilty of the crime, this despite the fact that he had fully admitted to the crime and claimed TRUTH as his only defense. This concept—that a jury of ones peers could be the final arbiter in the matter of what is lawful and what is not—dates back to the inception of our modern legal system at the signing of the Magna Carta by King John in 1215.
Jury Nullification in Georgia
In February of 1794, during the first jury trial ever before the United States Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Jay issued these instructions to the jury in the case of the State of Georgia …
By Dean Sines and Raoul Duke III
When it comes to medical marijuana in Georgia, it appears that the patients may be on the back burner.
James Bell of GA CARE interviewed Dr. Uma Dhanabalan at her home in Georgia a few months ago to get at the truth about medical marijuana. Thanks to GA CARE for the professional production. You can view it here on youtube . Please like it, leave a comment and most importantly share it with everyone you know. If you have a question for the doctor, please contact her at email@example.com. Please note in the subject line - "Question for the Doctor".
Dr. Dhanabalan sits on the board of Peachtree NORML and is one of a growing number of physicians that are pushing to "Do No Harm". Her passion is focused on educating other healthcare providers to the benefits of cannabis and to the harms of prohibiting it. She continues to push for federal de-scheduling.
Dr. Uma had been slated to testify before the Georgia Medical Cannabis Committee on November 12,, 2014 …
Florida, can we talk? We've known each other for a long, long time. I remember growing up just thirty minutes away from you, constantly begging my parents to take me to see your sandy-white beaches each and every year. I remember spending my summers marveling at the size of the catfish you were able to grow for me to catch. And The Mouse. I would have stolen a car to go see The Mouse if I thought I could have found my way there. And because so much of my family was spread out between South Georgia (a robber will shoot you with a pistol in Bristol, old Uncle Blaney used to say) and West Palm Beach you always treated me like one of your own. That's why it pains me that you would let some outside billionaire come in and take medicine away from sick people by playing the old …
Were you aware that physicians all over Georgia prescribe medical marijuana to patients? Of course, since marijuana is still considered a dangerous …
Cast an Informed Vote in the General Election
The Georgia affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has released their Voter Guide for the 2014 Election, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Peachtree NORML is a non?profit organization with a state?wide reach, pursuing changes in cannabis laws in Georgia. NORML has added 6 new chapters in Georgia since February 2014. NORML encourages informed and active participation in our government.
In Georgia, there are no ballot initiatives and therefore residents are solely reliant on their elected officials to do the right thing and support the will of their constituents.
See how the Candidates in your area stack up on the issues
You may be surprised! If your candidates gave no response, call them and encourage them to take a stand, ask them the questions and let others in your district know where each stand. Make an informed decision as you exercise your vote. “With medical marijuana …
Another study that has been used as evidence against marijuana reform has been debunked. The study used and quoted by Kevin Sabet and Patrick Kennedy of SAM (smart approach to marijuana) often in interviews said, " that early marijuana use lowers the users I.Q. by several points". Opponents to marijuana reform are seriously running out of angles but not out of money. The battle for freedom and justice continues.
Colorado has started another national debate on edible marijuana products. The concern is coming from a few cases of children showing up in the ER after having ingested an edible marijuana product. (it's unclear if these were home-made or retail) Colorado has since backtracked on its decision to ban edibles stating, " The horse is already out of the barn". Most people agree that regulation is better than banning. And we can all agree that we want to protect the children - not harm them.
This needs to be passed on and discussed but it seems the committee on the study of medical marijuana has already reached a conclusion. I've never…
Peachtree NORML, SSDP and other Groups Tabled the Rally at UNG. Met a Lot of Great People & Had a Great Time.
A Rally for a Grandpa Killed by Police During a Drug Raid Based on a Tip by a Burglary Suspect.
This is great news for the country as Obama has nominated a very respected leader and reformist. Vanita Gupta is for the states rights to …
Researchers are finding new and exciting medical discoveries about marijuana across the globe.
Most of the public is becoming more and more …
Peachtree NORML was a proud sponsor for Hell On Wheels. Thanks to Jimmy Powell for making a trophy for the show. Thanks to Garage 71 and all the …
With 23 states and the District of Columbia having approved medical marijuana and three more states pending in the 2014 mid-term elections. Our time is now, the train has left the station and it's gaining speed and traction across the country. The battle is raging in Florida with millions of dollars being spent by both sides, Florida could very well be the tipping point for the nation come this November. It's a constantly changing landscape out there in the different states and even in the White House. The CBD Oil Legislation being passed by 11 states is useless to anyone other than those children suffering with epilepsy. Even the parents of these children know that whole plant therapy is the only way to go. All of the cannabinoids work in conjunction with each other. Dr. Gupta calls this the entourage effect.
It's crucial that we get the young voters to turn out and make a strong …
Please note: Peachtree NORML will be holding a rally in support of the Hooks family on Monday October 13 in front of the Laurens County Courthouse in Dublin. For more information please see the event page here.
When Teresa Hooks looked outside the craft room window of her Georgia home one night last week, she saw hooded figures wearing camouflage standing outside.
The East Dublin woman woke up her husband, David Hooks, who grabbed his shotgun, believing burglars who had recently targeted the couple had come back again, reported WMAZ-TV.
The sheriff’s deputies burst through the back door about 11 p.m. on Sept. 24 and, seeing David Hooks holding the weapon, fired 16 shots – killing the 59-year-old grandfather.
Read the full article here.
Less than two months after Habersham County government officials announced that they would not be paying the medical expenses for baby Bou Bou, a …
Editor's Note: This Better Georgia article draws a straight line from the pharmaceutical industry to Georgia politicians, most noticeably …
As Georgia loses taxpaying families, educators for our schools and HOPE scholarship funds Georgia may want to re think their position on this issue. Like it or not marijuana is here to stay. It's time to get it out of our schools and behind a counter were you must show id to purchase it.
The Peach State could reap huge benefits from taxing recreational marijuana, if it decides to legalize it.
Georgia stands to earn .5 million from legalized recreational marijuana in extra tax revenue, according to the personal finance website NerdWallet.com.
While legal recreational marijuana isn’t expected to be a reality in Georgia anytime soon, medical marijuana is on the finger-tips of Georgia lawmakers.
Read the entire article here.
Editor's note: Although this case is now over two years old, it showcases the power citizens have through the jury nullification process.
A New …
Families on Realm of Caring’s out-of-state wait list received emails this week that Charlotte’s Web Hemp Oil™ will now be available for shipping to all 50 states.
The email from Realm of Caring (RoC) explains that the Charlotte’s Web product they will be shipping falls within the federally acceptable limit of less than .3% THC for classification as a hemp-derived food product. The email also states that the legality of this product is still “ambiguous” and recommends that patients sign up for their state’s medical marijuana programs “to provide your family more protection.” However, the organization will ship to patients who have signed up for the wait list regardless of their home state’s cannabis policies and regardless of each individual client’s status as a licensed medical cannabis patient.
The cost of the oil will be 0 per bottle, which is equal to
The Latest Gallup and Quinnipiac Polls
Recently Gallup conducted a poll (click here) in which the following statement was read to those polled:
Local Anchorage reporter Charlo Greene has decided to leave her job as a newswoman to focus on legalizing marijuana in Alaska. OK, you're thinking, nothing too interesting there.
But the way she decided to leave her job was absolutely, positively spectacular.
After reporting a segment on pot on Sunday night, Greene said this:
“Everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f--k it, I quit."
Watch Charlo's exit below:
Read the rest here
Seeking Redemption for his own drug use?
The opposition campaign to marijuana legalization in Washington, D.C. kicked off with a press conference this morning. The big news is that the leading opponents of Initiative 71 don't seem to actually have read the measure they're campaigning against.
Malik Burnett of the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance was in attendance and he told marijuana.com in a phone interview that the event, led by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and a handful of local religious leaders, was “an exercise in gross misinformation to the public.”
Not only did the speakers try to walk away from the podium and end the event without even taking questions from the press, but they also grossly mischaracterized what the initiative would do. Most speakers, Burnett says, tried to stoke fears about “the emergence of Big Tobacco companies coming in to the District to sell marijuana to minors.”
The thing is, Initiative 71 doesn't …
University of Haifa
Administering synthetic marijuana (cannabinoids) soon after a traumatic event can prevent PTSD-like (post-traumatic …
University at Buffalo
New research findings from a study of 634 couples found that the more often they smoked marijuana, the less likely …
The makers of the critically acclaimed "The Union", bring you the profound exploration of one of the most prolific wars of our time. "The Culture …
Through failed attempts to manipulate cannabinoids or their partner receptor system in our body, pharmaceutical companies have learned some valuable lessons about the whole plant synergy of cannabis medicine. The complex chemistry of the cannabis plant is intimately connected to the complex processes and transformations that occur in our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS), and it is through this complex relationship that comes the extensive list of medical treatments. Scientists have had to use the beer-goggles of prohibitive organizations such as N.I.D.A. to create drugs from the emerging knowledge of the ECS, and it’s gotten ugly.
The symbiotic relationship between our bodies and this plant presents a natural mystery that is confounding the methods of modern medicines makers. The intimacy of the ECS and our health should not be underestimated and, in some cases, tinkered with.Rimonabant was
was designed to block the CB1 receptor in an attempt to produce the “reverse munchies” effect. …
BY IBRAHEMPOVIC ON AUGUST 20, 2014In a recent statement, Jeb Bush says he opposes Florida's proposed constitutional amendment that would make pot legal for specific medical conditions. Bush says the amendment, which will allow for “the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician,” will hinder Florida's tourism industry, and make Florida an uninviting place for families and businesses.Bush said “Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire.” He considers the amendment for medical pot just a “guise” that will allow for “large-scale marijuana operations to take root across Florida.”Bush's statement comes at a time when public opinion of marijuana is softening. A recent CNN poll found 55% of respondents believe marijuana should …
A broad new survey shows that a majority of American adults continue to support marijuana legalization in the …
By Chris Roberts @cbloggy
Republicans love marijuana. Pushed by a cadre of Christian brothers from Colorado and promoted by CNN's doctor-on-television Sanjay Gupta, a strain of marijuana acceptable for suburban squares and the churchgoing set is winning friends on the right. Marijuana low in THC but high in CBD — cannabidiol, one of the many compounds in cannabis — has real palliative value for people who medicine has failed. Specifically, it appears to treat kids with (previously) untreatable epilepsy. And best of all: It's impossible to get high off of.That's ideal for conservative lawmakers. After several years of watching constituents flee their districts for the West and access to cannabis cures, they've taken action. Eleven states have now passed laws to legalize this stoner-unfriendly weed, while keeping THC-laden marijuana outlawed. A bill to do the same on the federal level was introduced in Congress in late July. The name of the …
by Phillip Smith, September 10, 2014The Florida initiative is in a close fight, hearings are coming in Hawaii, draft regulations are coming in …
Georgia lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday in Macon to gather information about medical marijuana and help determine whether to legalize it in the state.(Photo: 11Alive)
11Alive Staff, WXIA7:51 p.m. EDT September 10, 2014MACON, Ga. – Georgia lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday in Macon to gather information about medical marijuana and help determine whether to legalize it in the state.Efforts to pass legislation to legalize medical marijuana failed last year, but parents are determined to fight for a different outcome.Lawmakers heard story after story from parents desperate for treatment for their children's medical conditions.The Calloways are one of several families who brought their stories to the legislative committee at Mercer University. They are spending their last weeks together as a family before Beth and her daughter Maggie move to Colorado, where Maggie can get cannabis oil treatment for her daily epileptic seizures.Aaron Klepinger, who moved his family to Colorado to get medicinal …
By TJ Baker | The Daily Chronic
ATLANTA, GA – As hearings continue in Macon on the limited medicinal use of the cannabis plant, advocates for medical marijuana question current the push for cannabidiol (CBD) oil – only legislation.The advocacy group Georgia C.A.R.E. said whole plant therapeutics is the key to a success program that can potentially help many medical conditions not just a few children with epilepsy.James Bell, director of Georgia C.A.R.E., said the state should be considering whole plant medicine that can help the most patients as soon as possible.“The cannabis plant contains many compounds that have proven to be effective in treating a variety of conditions,” Bell said. “We should not be determining who can and cannot benefit from this healing plant.”Bell said he is concerned that special interest lobbyists are attempting to influence the governor and the legislature to limit cannabis therapy to CBD extract …
By NATE JACKSON SEPT. 8, 2014LOS ANGELES — VIRTUALLY every single player in the N.F.L. has a certifiable need for medical marijuana.The game we celebrate creates a life of daily pain for those who play it. Some players choose marijuana to manage this pain, which allows them to perform at a high level without sacrificing their bodies or their minds.I medicated with marijuana for most of my career as a tight end from 2003 through 2008. And I needed the medication. I broke my tibia, dislocated my shoulder, separated both shoulders, tore my groin off the bone once and my hamstring off the bone twice, broke fingers and ribs, tore my medial collateral ligament, suffered brain trauma, etc. Most players have similar medical charts. And every one of them needs the medicine.Standard pain management in the N.F.L. is pain pills and pregame injections. But not all players favor the pill …
BY JOE KOVAC JR.firstname.lastname@example.org September 6, 2014
Katie Crosby, 26, has been living with chronic pain of one form or another since her teen years. Today, the pain is so severe that she is mostly restricted to a pair of rooms in her childhood home. Crosby wants people like her who live in the middle ground between the terminally ill and those with rare seizures to be part of the argument for medical marijuana in Georgia. GRANT BLANKENSHIP — GPB
It was early evening. The young woman's living room was already dark. It almost always is. The blinds were shut, curtains drawn tight. Blankets hung over the curtains kept the faintest ray of late-day sun from piercing the blackness.Still, there was light.A 42-inch, flat-screen TV was on.Katie Crosby's beloved Georgia Bulldogs were playing Clemson in their football season opener.She wasn't about to miss that, even as the TV's flicker triggered searing …
Kate Pickert Matt Figi hugs his 7-year-old daughter Charlotte inside a Colorado greenhouse. The plants are a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web, which was named for Charlotte after she used the plant to treat epileptic seizuresBrennan Linsley—AP
For years, some parents have turned to medical marijuana to treat their children's debilitating epilepsy, crediting the drug with dramatically reducing seizure activity. A groundbreaking clinical trial about to begin recruiting test subjects may finally provide some science to back their claims.In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver will study the genes of those with a kind of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome who have been treated with a strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web. The study will attempt to determine if specific genetic components can explain why some epilepsy patients see positive results from ingesting Charlotte's …
Clark Fouraker, WLTX
The discussion comes after the General Assembly last session passed a bill legalizing industrial hemp, …
By Vanita GuptaEditor's note: CNN's David Mattingly reports on the case of a Missouri man sentenced to life in prison for purchasing marijuana …
In Georgia, Ravert often sees people caught in a double bind – being too sick to work unless they have access to medical marijuana, and then after accessing the same, being unable to find a job because of the medication that allows them to look in the first place.
By Niraj Chokshi
Go ahead, get the jokes out of your system. The staff of High Times, the counterculture drug magazine, has heard them all before.For 40 years, they've put up with stoner quips and stereotypes. “People have this idea that we sit around and get high all day,” says Danny Danko, the magazine's senior cultivation editor and author of its field guide to marijuana strains.But as High Times celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special November issue that comes out Tuesday and is the largest in its history, the laughs are fewer and further between.What started as an experiment by a mercurial provocateur and underground publisher has blossomed into an established brand, offering everything from licensing partnerships and an ever-expanding domestic events business to a just-launched private- equity fund. Along the way, something else changed: The magazine's radical reason for being has stopped feeling so radical, even if the …
By NICHOLAS BAKALARPolicy makers have suggested a variety of strategies to reduce injury and death from prescription opioid overdose, including …
Given our exhaustive use of the hemp and Cannabis plant - making use of the fiber, leaves, flowers, seeds and resin - it seems strange that there should be any element that has thus far escaped the notice of the modern herbalist. Perhaps because it usually spends its days hidden beneath the soil, the humble root is vastly under-explored, compared to the other components of the plant. However, looking at pre-prohibition medical- and veterinary literature, it is apparent that our ancestors (as with so many lost secrets and traditions) knew very well about its specific healing properties. The first mention of hemp root as medicine can be found in the ancient Chinese pharmacopeia, the Shen Nung Pên-ts'ao Ching, as early as the third millennium BCE. It is stated that the juice of the root has diuretic properties, as well as being useful in assisting the cessation of hemorrhage after childbirth. …
Public Support for Marijuana Law Reform in Georgia
This January 2014 poll, commissioned by Peachtree NORML, shows overwhelming support for …
Atlanta, August 2012
U.S. Court of Appeals & Unveiling of Moms For Marijuana Quilt