Aug 2 Decrim Vote: Will Athens Clarke Set the New Standard?

What to Do:  Pack Athens-Clarke City Hall at 6pm, Tuesday Aug 2. (301 College Avenue, Room 205) Submit civil, constructive remarks via the …

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Nathan Johnson: Punished not for Pot, but for Insisting on a Trial

Nathan Johnson could have pled and gotten probation. He received 10 years on 2 felony counts, not for growing cannabis, but for insisting on going to…
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Gwinnett DA's Ignorance on Delta-8 Threatens Livelihoods, Public Safety

The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office playing Reefer Madness games again this week, and endangering the public by spreading lies about the legal status and safety of Delta-8 THC products. Delta-8 THC is both legally produced and legal to sell under Georgia's Hemp Farming Act. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed late last year that Delta-8 derived from cannabis is NOT a federally controlled substance. The cannabinoid can be produced either synthetically from non-cannabis materials (not legal) or naturally derived from the kind of low-THC cannabis plants Georgia's legislature has specifically authorized as legal (as long as farmer pay the state's hefty licensing fees). The Gwinnett DA is either grossly misinformed or deliberately misinforming the public. Consumers are encouraged to research the origins and ingredients of anything they put in their bodies (especially something bought in a gas station) but those choices belong to the individual, not law enforcement. The continued gray areas of …

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Georgia Civil Rights Attorney: What to say if you get pulled over.

At our first public meeting of 2022, Peachtree NORML brought you the voice and insights of J. "Alex" Johnson, an experienced attorney who fights for civil rights in Georgia. Find the video of that meeting below. By sharing police dashcam video and court documents, Johnson clearly illustrates the damage cannabis prohibition does to Georgians' lives. The police tactics used in the name of cannabis are synonymous with its continued prohibition. Georgians reject both. We recommend you listen to the case stories and all the great advice in this month's meeting video. But we don't believe in clickbait.  Here's what you should say - AND NOT SAY - if you're pulled over (whether you have broken the law or not). 1. Keep your hands visible and make no sudden movements. Just because an officer shouldn't overreact doesn't mean they won't. 2. Give them your license, registration, and proof of insurance. You have to provide these. If one …

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Gwinnett Punts on Cannabis Reform (for now?)

Yesterday, Gwinnett County Commission struck a proposed harm reduction ordinance from its agenda. The crucial legal change would have replaced arrest…
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Gwinnett County: Contact Your Commissioners NOW!

The Gwinnett County Commission could vote TUESDAY 12/7 to decriminalize possession of <1 oz of cannabis. The Commissioners postponed their vote last month, saying, “[We need] to get more consensus from organizations or folks that would be impacted if [we] decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.” So, let them hear you. Not sure what to say? Here’s a script/sample email. If you live or work in Gwinnett County: contact your commissioners and let them know you support reducing penalties and decriminalizing possession of cannabis. Ask them to support Carden’s change to section 66-3. Please continue to share the evidence and your opinion with these Commissioners. These five individuals have the power to at least lessen the enormous injustices of the failed War on Drugs. Help them find the courage to do the right thing. Do you live in Gwinnett but you don’t know which district? Check this map.. Potential swing vote: Ask for her courage! Vice-Chairwoman Commissioner Marlene …

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Tom McCain seated in home office during on-camera interview.

Georgia State Students Make Anti-Prohibition Film

80 years of prohibition has had a far higher toll than cannabis use ever could. It's time for the Georgia legislature to stop denying the will of …

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Drug War Statistics

The United States has the largest prison population in the world, and the highest per-capita incarceration rate. In 2016 in the US, there were 655 people incarcerated per 100,000 population in the United States.

1,500,000

U.S. Drug Arrests
Last Year

650,000

U.S. Marijuana Arrests
Last Year

30,000

GA Marijuana Arrests
Last Year

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Recorded Marijuana Deaths

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