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Open Letter to the Georgia Congressional Delegation from Peachtree NORML: Support the MORE Act NOW.

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Peachtree NORML Announces Float for Atlanta Pride Parade 2016

We will be in row C and will be staging on West Peachtree St. Take Marta to the Civic Center Station, there is NO PARKING there, so you will need to take Marta. Bring your posters and join us Read more

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A day in the life of a patient

A day in the life of a patient

It begins innocently enough, a doctors appointment. Since itís 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 itís going pretty well now, but I have to find said medicine, since my local pharmacy doesnít carry my preferred naturals. Itís not an easy search either; no one will openly speak of cannabis, so when in a new area finding new contacts, you donít 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 hourÖ one way. We start discussing how silly this all is, to get our hands on a natural plant. Worth more than gold, I believe, but impossible to locate! Thereís planning discussion going on, planning for the case where we get pulled over. We have a joint, since itís such a long trip, but we canít smoke it for fear of being seen, so we wait. The tension is thick and we are are angry at the hypocriscy . When we finally reach our destination, our contact isnít home, we take the break to smoke our joint, sit on the porch, drink in the southern charm dripping like the wisteria from the trees around us. Even a little hummingbird visited, enchanted by our skunky perfume. Side note: we happened to run into a young woman we knew. Itís that small a world! Now, you have to understand, to reach the oasis you have to climb more than 20 old rickety metal steps. If you happen to be handicapped, sorry, this isnít your place. Our ďdispensariesĒ are not up to any code, as usually being homes, most canít be easily modified to suit clients. Itís common sense that the ones who need this the most are going to also have the most difficulty accessing it. But I digress. Our contact did not have what we were looking for this time. Not wasted, since now we all know each other and expectations have been established, but not the outcome I had hoped for. Now to make the trip home, which due to the hour will be even longer and spent in traffic, but thereís a hot tub waiting!

About 15 minutes into this drive, we received a frantic text from a fellow patient here in Georgia who was in the process of being raided. Talk about increasing the stress levels! We have to begin locating contacts who can offer any hope or help, spreading the word to other local activists, and continue to offer any support or advice we can in this dire situation. We did realize that one overlooked option we have as activists is that we can contact the judges responsible for allowing this to continue and end the warrants on cannabis patients. They are the only ones who can quickly end this war on people. They wield the sword, in itís most powerful form, a pen, and could refuse to sign cannabis warrants. These judges have the authority to JUST SAY NO.

(Do you have a story to tell, testimony to give, a poem to share? †Please send all submissions to us at contactus@peachtreenorml.org)

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Press Conference held at the Gold Dome- Support shown for SB 254

Sharon Ravert speaking in favor of SB 254. 1/20/16

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Full Video of January 20, 2016 Press Conference on Senate Bill 254

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Nevada Athletics Commission Bans Nick Diaz for 5 years for marijuana metabolites

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 that is arguably a much safer substance than†sugar?

If you think the punishments are what marijuana consumers deserve and they should be willing†to do†the time if they do the crime, †I can’t help but remind you that each of the people that work in Las Vegas during these fights could be affected as several of his fellow fighters are threatening to pull out of all Nevada sanctioned fights. †It is now time to End Prohibition of this plant.

Read more at ESPN:†http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/13657932/nevada-bans-ufc-nick-diaz-5-years-marijuana

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Republican Strategist on Legalization: “This is something you should be for”

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 and most kids can get it easier than their parents can. It is time to stop arresting all of our young people and educate them on the harms of youth use while allowing their adult parent to have something far safer than alcohol if they choose so.”

Bill Maher says: †”I said that years ago. †This†is an issue that Republicans could have stolen from †the Democrats.”

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