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DECRIM, an inference from a year of data in Atlanta – Most cops don’t care

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

October 2nd, 2018 marks the one year anniversary of the unanimous passage of Atlanta City Ordinance 17-O-1152

CURIOSITY

Did they, or did they use 17-O-1152 as a justification to act on a moral conviction?

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Morality and Georgia Law Enforcement

The Latest Gallup and Quinnipiac Polls

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, Read more

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Georgia Legislators Out-of-Touch With Constituency

What’s A Straw Poll?

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?

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ACLU of Georgia takes a case for Peachtree NORML

Background

Mr. Young: We are the county attorneys for Habersham County, Georgia. While we technically do not represent the Sheriff as he is an elected official and we are retained to represent the Board of Commissioners and various county Read more
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A Case of Jury Nullification in Rural Georgia

Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia 10/31/2017

The Case

During this operation “Luis” made two transactions with the Defendant, Antonio Willis, who was later arrested in a “roundup” of everyone whom “Luis” had bought drugs from.

The Jury

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FULTON COUNTY GEORGIA SUES PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES OVER OPIATES

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[1] 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 (JAMA)[2] in 2014 concluded: “States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate”.

Marijuana (properly Cannabis) is proving to be an exit from opioid addiction.  The only “gateway” involved with marijuana is to the Criminal Justice System.

We at Peachtree NORML are hopeful that as Fulton County works to combat the opioid epidemic and Atlanta works to establish a more rational approach to arrests for personal use marijuana, the old rhetoric of marijuana being harmful will continue to be proven false.  30 States and the District of Columbia have proven that rhetoric to be lies.

Peachtree NORML and other advocacy groups are working with lawmakers to improve Georgia’s very weak CBD/low-THC cannabidiol law and to reform our Draconic marijuana laws.  We applaud Fulton County, the City of Clarkston and the City of Atlanta for their efforts in improving the health, well-being, and quality of life of their citizens.

It’s time for the General Assembly of Georgia to do the same.

[1] Substance Abuse Research Alliance (SARA), Georgia Prevention Project, Prescription Opioids and Heroin Epidemic in Georgia

[2] JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(10):1668-1673. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.4005

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