Marijuana Law Reformers Call for Halt to Arrests-Prosecutions

Handcuffs-225px(2)Atlanta GA: Advocates for marijuana law reform are calling on the state of Georgia to suspend the arrest and prosecution of marijuana possession cases after state prosecutors in a press conference last week said they lack the resources to prosecute a back log of child exploitation cases.

In a letter to Governor Nathan Deal, James Bell director of the Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform, & Education (Georgia CARE), asked the governor to direct state agencies to suspend the arrest and prosecution of marijuana possession cases and use the limited resources on crimes against people and property, particularly child exploitation and violent offenders.

Bell points out the state found the resources to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate nearly 40,000 marijuana cases last year – a vast majority of these cases for mere possession.

“Wasting tax dollars and law enforcement resources on marijuana has jeopardized the public health and safety of the citizens of Georgia”, Bell wrote. “We respectfully request that you as governor of the State of Georgia take the lead in this matter and redirect the resources to ensure children are protected.”

Georgia CARE are advocates for reform of marijuana laws including medical marijuana and decriminalization for adults. CARE is engaged in a campaign to educate the media, lawmakers and the general public on why marijuana law reform must be addressed.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws and two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized personal use amounts.

Georgia unanimously passed a medical marijuana laws in 1980 but the program was halted due to lack of participation from the federal government.

In Georgia, possession of more than 28 grams of marijuana carries up to ten (10) years in state prison.

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