No, Georgia Did Not Legalize Marijuana

Did Georgia legalize marijuanaA recent article on a parody website titled “State of Georgia to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use” has driven a fair amount of traffic to our website in the last few days. The article begins:

Atlanta, GA- On September 8, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will be signing a new bill into law, legalizing medicinal and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 or older. Bill HB 2312 will go into effect January 1, 2015. Georgia is the first southern state to legalize any recreational drug. The state of Georgia is expected to profit $50 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales. A state tax of 11% will be implemented on sales. In addition to the profit in tax revenue, with the legalization of the drug Georgia is expected add more than 5,000 job openings ranging from farmers to dispensary agents.

Besides the fact that the article didn’t cite any sources or link to an actual bill (and never mind that the Georgia Legislature is not even in session), this is Georgia, led by one of the most  conservative Governors in the state. Nathan Deal has no plan anytime soon of legalizing anything that doesn’t come with a pharmaceutical label on it.

About the author

Stephen Bradley is a cannabis activist from Georgia and the owner of WeedBiz, an internet marketing company that caters to the legal cannabis industry in the U.S.