The local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Peachtree NORML) has joined the coalition of groups pushing marijuana law reform in Georgia.
Peachtree NORML and Georgia Moms for Marijuana are proud to announce that we will be joining with other marijuana reform groups in Georgia to begin the conversation of law reform and help to educate the voting public. We will join a press conference at the Georgia State capitol Monday, December 17th – 11AM to announce the campaign’s mission.
Sharon Ravert, Executive Director of Peachtree NORML and Public Relations Officer of Moms for Marijuana International, said “It is time to talk. We need to look at the dangers and harms that we have caused to our family structure in our efforts to keep drugs out of our communities. Now is the time to work together to reform our laws. Prohibition didn’t work before and is not working now; it has accomplished no notable positives. Mothers and fathers are talking about this at their dinner tables; it is time to talk about it in our State house. Parents are beginning to see that drug laws are more harmful than marijuana ever has been or ever could be.”
She goes on to say, “We are thankful that Gov. Nathan Deal and others have begun this discussion and we would like to have a place at the table as marijuana law reform is discussed.”
“We have accomplished very little to keep drugs away from our kids through prohibition. As it stands, 1 in 3 children will be arrested for a non-violent drug offense before they turn 23, yet drugs are more accessible than ever. We must find a better way. We cannot afford this policy anymore. As we talk about the war on women and the fiscal cliff, we must realize that prohibition is a war on families — not drugs — and we can no longer afford it fiscally or socially.”
Dean Sines, a long-time marijuana reform activist and board member of Peachtree NORML, said, “Now that 18 states have made medical marijuana legal, others have decriminalized marijuana. Colorado and Washington have legalized for personal consumption for those 21 and older. Many other countries are calling for our government to legalize as they have done to help end the bloodshed of the drug cartels. It is time to do something.” He went on to say that “Georgia will not be the last state to do something about the destruction that the laws have caused to so many Georgia families. We need to find a better way. The time for change is now and we are here to help make it happen.”
Peachtree N.O.R.M.L. has set up an educational website and Facebook page to educate the public, media and our elected officials. We also have groups canvassing the state educating citizens and voters.
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If you would like more information on this subject or to set up an interview with Sharon Ravert, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org