Speak Out: Should Georgia Legalize Marijuana?

After two states passed the measure on their ballot, more states may legalize the plant in future elections.

In case you missed it, Colorado and Washington State are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana.

Seventeen other states currently allow marijuana for medical uses. 

Under Amendment 64 in Colorado, "marijuana is taxed and regulated similar to alcohol and tobacco. It gives state and local governments the ability to control and tax the sale of small amounts of marijuana to adults age 21 and older," according to the Huffington Post. 

"Today, the people of Colorado have rejected the failed policy of marijuana prohibition," Brian Vicente, a co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana, said in a statement published on Huffington Post. "Thanks to their votes, we will now reap the benefits of regulation. We will create new jobs, generation million of dollars in tax revenue, and allow law enforcement to focus on serious crimes. It would certainly be a travesty if the Obama administration used its power to impose marijuana prohibition upon a state whose people have declared, through the democratic process, that they want it to end."

It's complicated, of course, as bureaucracy normally is. It could take up to a year for the amendment to go into effect, according to CNN, and the DEA has already said that they will continue to enforce the law as it was before the amendment passed. 

In Washington State, the measure allowed the sale of marijuana to be taxed heavily, potentially contributing tens of millions to the state's economy. 

The argument against legalization of marijuana for recreational use is strong too, however. For example, many believe marijuana is a gateway drug that would lead to the use of more dangerous substances. Additionally, the occurrence of those driving under the influence of marijuana would potentially increase. 

What are your thoughts? Should Georgia consider legalizing the drug? Why or why not? 

tommy white December 17, 2012 at 03:38 PM
You are right, there are people in georgia who want to help in this fight. we need to find the right people so we can move foward as just one movement. with same ideas. we can do it, but there money as a issue as with all georgia policans a lot money for the buy-outs.
tommy white December 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
You need to home, your mommy looking for you.
Auto tech.420 December 18, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Of course it should. There are more than enough cases of people dying or becoming seriously hurt because of alcohol. However how many can be found with the MAIN factor being marijuana? The amount money used to incarcerate many people because of simple marijuana possession is ridiculous. With regulation just like alcohol it can be a great profit and there will always be people who will abuse the substance same as alcohol but just like in school where we were all taught why punish all for the stupidity of a few. There is a stereotype to anyone who smokes all because everyone has been made to believe it is a serious drug or a gateway drug as they call it but what is a gateway drug could it not as easily be coke or meth? Maybe the reason they call it a gateway drug is because u cant be addicted to it i know tons of people that smoke and i have never in my entire life seen any of them go through withdrawals because of not having any to smoke. However it is a bit entertaining that i have seen people that will break down in shakes if they don't have anything to drink but i guess that's why they are called alcoholics. I would like to purpose that a simple test be done on the entire subject why not have an alcoholic and a "pot head" recorded on how well and safe they an go fro having it to not having it and see who has it worse i think that would end the law if now make a new one.
Wes Pot December 18, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Yes, i started at a young age 13 y.o.now 58 I believe now i was too young. Don't have a problem with adults 21 y.o. toking everynow and then. Never saw anyone beating up one another on any Cheech and Chong movies
Tony December 18, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Actually, the fact is that states with compassionate use legislation on the books (medical cannabis) see a 9% drop in DUI's and DUI fatalities (coupled with a 5% drop in beer sales). What destroys lives is the illegality of the substance.
Tony December 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM
A lack of ambition can be seen in a different light: people are content with who/what they are. If you work an honest job, love your family, and are happy doing so for the rest of your life, one could argue you have a *lack* of ambition.... ....but that sounds like paradise to me. My point is that there are thousands of people who live comfortably, honestly, decently, and enjoy cannabis in the privacy of their homes.
Fred Robulius December 19, 2012 at 04:38 AM
I thing marijuana should be treated like alcohol and tabaco. We are spending way to much money for incarsaration of user. We should come up with a law that allow growing up to 6 plants for personal use. Also have marijuana shop like smoke shops where you can buy for personal use. The DUI should be the same as alcohol, come up with a fair amount and the person should be charged to the fullest of the law. People be real and smoke at home!!!! It is like alcohol, do it at home and don't bother any body else!! that all will be cool!
felix December 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Yes, for sure. As many others have already said, it's a great chance for our economy to become more stable and the decriminalization will keep those guilty of petty marijuana crimes out of jail, which means that law enforcement will spend more time and that money on the look out for those who actually -need- to be in jail. It's also a great treatment for chronic pains associated with arthritis and lupus and an incredible list of other diseases, AND smoking marijuana is far less toxic than the medications that may be prescribed for the pain and inflammation of those diseases.( Marijuana isn't going to make your hair fall out, ruin your immune system, destroy your skin, etc, like chemo meds and severe NSAIDs will.) People who are saying that the decriminalization of pot will just result in "more stoners on the road" or wherever need to realize that in a way, pot should be treated as if it were alcohol... Obviously, you shouldn't pop open a beer on the highway and neither should you light up a joint. If you are not sober, don't go out. Don't put yourself in a situation where you or any others could be harmed. Undoubtedly there will be a handful of those who are ignorant and will smoke pot on the road or before/during driving, but guess what? There are going to be ignorant people who will drive inebriated, whether it be due to alcohol or any other drug, and even now there are people who drive stoned. I doubt making it legal will increase idiots on the road by too much.
Sean Combs December 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM
When have you ever heard anyone dying from a car accident due to being under the influence of marijuana, I am a ceo of a multi-million dollar company and we all know its alot of stress that comes with being a Ceo of a coporation and being honest with having a joint to calm my nerves I would of probably went nuts. So be a little more open minded now if you ask me Alcohol is a more risk the the great palnt that grows wild.
matt carter December 21, 2012 at 01:33 AM
heck yea they should legalize it everywhere. How many people do you know that has smoked a joint get in a car and kill someone driving??? I dont know anyone. I know several that has wrecked or died by drinking and driving. Also it would bring in so much money. My xgfs dad got locked up for trafficing weed. he got more years in prison than a child molestor
Stephen Hernandez December 29, 2012 at 03:45 AM
The legalization of marijuana will not only benefit the people who desperately need it for medical uses, but it will also keep our children AWAY from it. You'd think that it would do the oposite, but look at the facts. Its easier for our kids (18 and younger) to buy marijuana off the streets than it is for them to buy beer and tobacco because of the fact that it is LEGAL, taxed, and regulated. Our state has a huge concern for its youth using the drug. But I ask, why don't we make it difficult for them to buy it?.. make it legal.
Stephen Hernandez December 29, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I BEG for the doubters of marijuana use as a recreational or medical drug to please do their research before becoming so ignorant. I completely understand their ignorance for I was just as ignorant as they are right now. I thought marijuana made you stupid, lazy, violent, and worst of all; that it kills you. But I've done my research - for quite sometime infact. I saw no harmful or even fatal side effects of its use. Its putting so many innocent tax payers in jail. I pray that America is not benefiting off of arresting their innocent citizens. Because if so, we're headed down a dark dark road as a nation.
Jerral Kicklighter December 30, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Umm Mr John I like your religiosity but couldn't the same thing be said for the magic fruit tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden ??
Jerral Kicklighter December 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM
It falls into the influence of the corupt gangster aliance of the FDA and pharma who do everything possible to control multi billions $$$ with a sadistic iron fist like for example keeping proven cancer cures like Antineoplastons off the public market while millions of children suffer and die every year. Our president is well aware of this monsterous coruption but he is also at the mercy of big corporations.
daniel lehman December 31, 2012 at 03:30 AM
the fact that it is not legal is infuriating. im in a new town and have no dealer, so ive been completely drug and alcohol free for months. watching my family members (none of which have ever smoked cannabis) sit back and have a few drinks and seeing my dad constantly chewing nicorette, i realize how destructive the nature of alcohol and legal drugs can be compared to marijuana. I have trouble sleeping because i prefer not to drink myself out or use sleeping aids that make me tired for the entire next day. i am a human, so sometimes i have to unwind... i just prefer to do it in a way that is less destructive (and more enjoyable) than alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs. cannabis users have been suffering for far too long and i am MAD.
Jerral Kicklighter December 31, 2012 at 04:08 AM
The same people (mentality) that support marihuana prohibition also support prison privatizations, out lawing abortion rights for rape victims, mandatory christian prayer in public schools, the 10 commandments in public buildings, corporal punishment in schools and now they want teachers to be allowed to carry fire arms. If we are not able to get these extreme right wingers under control very soon, we are seriously looking down the barrel of some police states and our constitutional rights going down the toilet.
david December 31, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Hey vote it in in ga nobody dis respect that if it happens u got people who disrespect it like on the news smoken on tv that's fucken stuiped ejoy it at ur house
Wendy Sanders January 09, 2013 at 06:29 PM
So where is the petition? Give me a link and I and my fiance would be more than happy to sign it.
wheelman58 January 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM
from,wheelman58.i have 13 broken vertebra in my spine.and all the pain that goes with that.i have been taking oxycontin 80m 4 times a day.oxycodine 30m 4 times a day.robaxin 500m 3times a day.meloxicam7.5 2 times a day for 7yrs.these drugs have side affects that are unreal.they are all legal and regulated by a drug clinic.they cost my insurance around $2500.00 a month.i could replace all these drugs with 1 oz. of medical marijuana. for less than $200.00 a month and no side affects.
Little Richard January 22, 2013 at 07:07 AM
Yes, legalizing it would bring more money to the State for one. 2nd, people wouldn't have to get sick smoking that fake weed sold in stores. 3rd, if people do it responsibly at home, stay out of trouble and no driving afterwards. Then let people enjoy it to relax. It's going to happen sooner or later like beer did for Sunday store sales. Just like Sunday bootleggers are now out of business. Weed dealers will be out of business. No more sneeking to get it or smoke it. Weed been around before we was born and it will be here after us. It's a new 2013 year, so get on the ball Georgia like the other States. WWWWWWOOOOOO!!!
Kenneth Stepp January 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM
On a very personal note. My son (US Army) returned from Iraq & Afghanistan with PTSD. I didn't know anything about PTSD, thought it was a myth or could be cured with drugs (my ignorance). For those of you that think you know what that is like I will give you an example you can think about. Imagine you are in your car about to start it and leave the mall. Now imagine someone unknown to you jerks the door open and shoves a gun in your face. That feeling when you mind fills with all those chemicals that cause the fight or flight reaction is what my son feels like all the time, 24/7. And it will never go away. He's 27, married, has a child on the way, and is disabled from this. Daniel has an IQ of 166, was a combat instructor, showed valor in combat, was well respected by the men he commanded (still is), and had a very bright future. He deserves better. The best results from any drug has been to simply smoke pot. Many studies show it is in many cases the only hope. I never liked it myself, but making it legal, clean it up, regulate it, and tax it, seems like a great idea to me. I've heard the arguments pro and con. It has many benefits and should be accepted and available. Here is a respected study. Alzheimer;s, Parkinson's, and many more. http://veteransformedicalmarijuana.org/content/general-use-cannabis-ptsd-symptoms Here are some more. http://rxmarijuana.com/pstd.htm http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/29/cpl-sean-azzariti-marine-_n_2039234.html
Tommy Dozier January 24, 2013 at 03:28 AM
I would vote yes there is to much money wasted on people in jail for something that is not near as bad as alcohol.
Devin T January 25, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Hi everyone my name is Devin and I am an 18 year old Atlanta resident/student who would be more than happy to help legalize in GA anyway possible. Hit me up at dt_dt_50@hotmail.com!
Jerral Kicklighter January 26, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Bottom line... we can't allow anything to interfere with our pharmaceuticals and alcohol sales. We must have faith in our FDA because they love of soo much.
Kenneth Stepp January 26, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Ouch. Jerral, you hit the nail on the head. Add to that how our black budget receives much of the illegal funds from the sale of the crops and I believe we have a winner. The war on drugs has become an off the books sanctioned business. Because the CIA cannot ask Congress to fund the overthrow of world leaders, the drug money can be used for that. Libya comes to mind. The media in other nations reported American operative in the middle of everything there. Of course ours didn't. Where there's smoke......
Jerral Kicklighter January 26, 2013 at 05:06 PM
And let's not even go into the ridiculous big corporation coruptions of opiates. Everyone knows that we should jus laugh, ignore and pray and everything will work itself out. Otherwise it would just be "taken out of context" or some kind of "insane conspiracy".
Kenneth Stepp January 26, 2013 at 05:11 PM
We need "LIKE" buttons on here.
Jerral Kicklighter January 26, 2013 at 05:30 PM
LOL...We think a lot alike Ken. Ga. is a very RED state and the ignorant right wing bible thumpers will keep us stupid just as long as they possibly can.
Rashad Brown February 07, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Yes, Marijuana should be legal , many people need it for certain reasons, I think the reason why some people dont want it legalized is because they dont know about it . People judge marijuana based on false facts that they pick up from several places . I am in the Atlanta area and i support the legalization of marijuana in the state of Georgia and i am willing to help all who are trying to get it legalized.
SC June 23, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Yes it should be legal for recreational use and medical use. I just think its a weird thing when the government can make NATURE illeagal.


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