“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.
Should you go to prison if you smoke pot in Georgia? One group argues emphatically that you should not. A campaign to decriminalize marijuana in Georgia was launched Monday at the State Capitol.
All News 106.7‘s Connie Cummings reports that the Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform and Education (CARE) held news conference to urge state lawmakers to include reforming Georgia’s marijuana laws as they reform the criminal justice system. One member of that group, James Bell, says the state effort to stop filling prisons with non-violent offenders should include marijuana laws.