Atlanta, GA: The 2013 Georgia General Assembly convened today under the rain soaked gold dome of the state capital. While issues such as ethics reform and football stadiums were being debated, James Bell, Executive Director of Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform, & Education (CARE), made sure the “M” word – marijuana – was also on the agenda.
Bell, whose marijuana advocacy dates back nearly three decades, made his rounds talking to members of the media, legislature and supporters.
In an interview with CBS TV 46 reporter Tom McNary, Bell said he wants to bring marijuana law reform to the forefront of public attention. With the governor and lawmakers engaged in criminal justice reform, marijuana laws should by studied, said Bell. “They have sat on this issue far to long. Now is the time to catch up with the national discussion.”
At one point, Bell approached Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead about the political landscape concerning marijuana law reformation in Georgia. Bankhead said it was a legislative matter and marijuana was not their priority. He added, “It will never happen in Georgia.”
But a conversation with a senator – who invited Georgia CARE to a sit down about the medical marijuana issue – leads Bell to think otherwise.
“Several legislators have been identified as being supportive of reform,” said Bell. He plans to work with them on drafting legislation.
For more information on Georgia CARE, visit www.gacareproject.com.