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)
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.
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