Are Cannabis Laws in Georgia Now Political?
The Cannabis Laws in Georgia is currently being debated by the legislature and will have an effect on anyone who is suspected of having a cannabis problem. In the past, marijuana possession charges were not as severe as they are now.
Recently, with the passage of HB 757, it is possible to be arrested for a growing and selling of marijuana with large amounts of mature plants. So, how does this affect people? If you are involved in the business of growing and selling of this plant, your activities are now considered illegal and may lead to serious consequences if caught.
The possible penalties for these actions could range from loss of license, loss of business and even loss of one’s life. So, how can the state of Georgia to change its laws and make sure that all citizens are fully protected?
As a citizen, your rights are protected under the U.S. Constitution and you have the right to due process. In Georgia, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia District Attorneys Association and Georgia Chiefs of Police Association, in cooperation with the Georgia State Patrol, are working together to implement legislative changes that will help protect citizens. These amendments include the ability to charge anyone with any one of five misdemeanors that carry mandatory minimum prison terms.
The current law only allows charges to be filed after a person has been arrested for a cannabis offense. If you are charged with a cannabis charge and charged with simple possession, you may be facing a prison sentence. This happens especially when the quantity is considered small.
There are several loopholes in the drug arrests legislation that allow police officers to charge suspects for the amount of cannabis plant seized. For example, in the case of a small amount of cannabis with no money being used, the charges are dropped. However, if the plants are grown in large quantities and the owner is charged with possession, then they could face fines and jail time.
There are various bills that have been introduced recently. One bill that would have criminalized the production and possession of more than a reasonable amount of cannabis and another would have allowed those in the business of cultivating cannabis plants to be charged with felony counts. If you were found guilty of cultivating plants, you could have been facing up to 25 years in prison.
Another bill would have allowed those growing and selling acceptable strains of cannabis to be able to have their products without being prosecuted. These bills have all been defeated and it is a shame that the politicians did not stand up for the people who use cannabis. The reason these bills have been eliminated is because they do not have enough support to pass.
Advocates believe that marijuana should be legalized and regulated, in order to stop the proliferation of teen drug use. They also believe that teens should be required to take more classes about the health risks associated with smoking and other drug use.
A third bill would have required all school districts to implement various steps to reduce the number of students using drugs. With regards to the cannabis legalization legislation, school districts are not allowed to enforce punishments for pot use by students under the age of 21. This bill would have required school districts to incorporate their drug education programs in order to provide students with information about the drugs and the dangers that come with them.
Having information that may save a life is something that all responsible adult can agree on. Currently, adults who are in the business of growing or selling cannabis plants are not allowed to deal within their community.
With the legislature deadlocked, only the voters in the State of Georgia can decide what the future of the State of Georgia looks like. There are many reasons why it is imperative that the cannabis legalization legislation get passed. Regardless of what your stance is on this issue, now is the time to act.