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 …
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, …
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. …
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. …
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 …