Georgia C.A.R.E. welcomes Attorney Walker Chandler to our team. Walker has over 35 years of experience in the practice of law and has been an outspoken advocate for marijuana legalization.
In a 1997 landmark case, Walker Chandler challenged the Georgia statue that required candidates for office to pass a drug test to qualify. The case moved through the courts and was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court struck down the law. Read the case HERE>>>
In all, the study (PDF) found that 28.7 percent of students surveyed by the commission admitted to using marijuana at least once. The figure represents a minor drop from 29.9 percent in 2010.
Medical marijuana legalization took effect in Arizona in 2011.
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Since 1994, Mr. David S. West has represented criminal defendants throughout the courts of Georgia and the United States. Previously working alongside prominent criminal defense lawyer Bruce S. Harvey for 9 years, Mr. West sought to establish a criminal defense firm that puts the client and their families first while still bringing the highest level of experience to bear in their cases. Applying rigorous energy, experience, and resourcefulness to every case we accept, our staff is completely dedicated to your success.
Areas of Expertise:
- Traffic and DUI cases
- Juvenile Court cases
- Drug Cases
- Felony Cases
- Appeals of convictions
- Federal cases
NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) is the oldest marijuana law reform organization. The Atlanta area chapter Peachtree NORML is keeping the issues burning as they organize for 2013. You can keep up on the latest news by joining them on Facebook.
“If they can decriminalize crimes such as theft, burglary, and forgery–they did enact legislation to drop the penalties–then certainly they can look at marijuana laws and lower the penalties for that,” Bell said.
“Decriminalize it, medicalize it, I’m open to almost any form of reform,” Bell said.
Bell said he wants the Legislature in 2013 to create a special committee to study the issues of marijuana law reform, to report back for action during the Legislative Session in 2014.
“A person who smokes marijuana does not commit a crime against another person, it’s a victimless crime. It’s a crime against the government,” Bell said.
Barbara Walters interview with President Obama aired last Friday and marijuana legalization was one of the topics covered. Reactions have varied from the hopeful to the pessimistic since a preview of the interview and a partial transcript were released. Now that the interview has been aired, where do the marijuana legalization measures in Colorado and Washington stand with the federal government? Different people took different things away from the interview. Just as I have blogged previously, I don’t think that President Obama said anything very substantial and feel that it is up to us — the cannabis law reform communities — to lead on this issue because the President simply isn’t. (Anthony Johnson)