Legalizing Marijuana? Here's What Cartersville's Saying

As Georgia CARE seeks to change the state's laws on marijuana, eventually leading to a complete legalization of the drug, here's what some Patch readers had to say on the subject.

Since we told you about a movement to legalize marijuana in Georgia, Patch readers have had plenty to say on the topic.

Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform & Education, or Georgia CARE, a project of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance Inc., wants to change the state's laws on marijuana, eventually leading to a complete legalization of the drug. The group is participating in the first Southern Cannabis Reform Conference this weekend in Atlanta.

Our post, Question of the Week: Should Marijuana be Legalized, received more than 85 comments as of Wednesday. Here's what some Cartersville Patch readers had to say: 

Michelle "Definitely should be legalized. In addition to tax money boosting the economy, there will be less money spent on housing criminals for petty offenses, hemp can be used to make almost anything you can think of and the medical benefits of marijuana far outweigh the disadvantages. It's hardly a drug, it's a plant and it's far less dangerous than consuming alcohol."

Julien Bowles "Of [course] it should. Maybe we shouldn't partake but if it pleased the Lord to give a plant we should by vrtue of being human have unfettered access to it. It is called freedom. Why do other people have a right to tell anyone else what plants they may possess? It is arrogance IMO. Personally, I am not interested in using it but I resent the prohibition."

Nick Lambert "Marijuana is not a gateway drug it does not lead to harder drugs, it is all upon the user. The only reason it is considered a 'gateway drug' [is] because marijuana is sold on the street where the other DRUGS not MEDICINE are. If marijuana was legalized they wouldn't have to go to a dealer who offers them the harder drugs, they could instead go to a dispensary. But until then marijuana is still a drug and illegal."

Paige Reeves "yessss it helps with a lot off pain then maybe all those pill heads want have any excuse anymore."

Tim Merrick "No people are stupid enough as it is we don't need to add fuel to the fire."

Do you agree? Should marijuana be legal in Georgia? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments section below to continue the conversation.

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Randall Meadows March 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Hemp Is far too useful a plant to be outlawed due to outdated and frankly wrong thinking. As has been stated before - we can generate tax money from the sale of it - by making it a legal crop we can also improve the safety of it (no more smoking oregano) - We reduce some of our prison population issues - We treat it like other dangerous drugs that are "legal" like liquor (which is responsible for more deaths and disasters than in one year than you have see from marijuana in 20 years) - and the list goes on.
FlyingTooLow March 14, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. As those 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for YEARS. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank
FlyingTooLow March 14, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Over a 3-year period, marijuana was the top cash crop in the state of North Carolina. Tobacco, more than $100 million behind. Cotton is third on the list. Marijuana is the top crop in 12 states and ranks among the top three in 30 states. "...the essence of tyranny is the enforcement of stupid laws,” ---Edmund Burke
Jillian Galloway March 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I think that the vast majority of Americans have had enough of this prohibition nonsense. When the government forced the marijuana prohibition onto us in 1937 they promised that it'd eliminate marijuana use and make people safe. But after more than seventy years it hasn't achieved either of these goals! In fact by shutting down the legal supply of marijuana while at the same time being totally incapable of curbing demand for the herb, the government has created a massive black market for marijuana that draws drug dealers into our neighborhoods and makes our children LESS safe. We should NOT have laws that create more harm than what they prevent! It is unconscionable for our elected officials to perpetuate the failed prohibition on marijuana that *increases* crime and *decreases* the safety of our children!! We need to END the marijuana black market and the easy access kids have to marijuana by letting stores sell legally-grown marijuana to adults at prices low enough to prevent illegal competition. We need to legalize marijuana like beer and wine!
FlyingTooLow March 16, 2013 at 03:42 PM
@ Jillian Galloway... You speak the truth!


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