Aug 052013
 August 5, 2013

Georgia medical marijuanaRecently, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation making Illinois the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Meanwhile, Georgia activists say they want Georgia to be the next state to consider reform legislation and have published a report on how to achieve their goals.

James Bell, director for Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform & Education (Georgia C.A.R.E.), said Georgia is ready to consider historic legislation allowing for medical marijuana.

In a seven page report (A Guide to Enacting Medical Marijuana in Georgia) Georgia CARE outlines the steps Georgia must take to remove criminal penalties, allow doctors to recommend therapeutic use and provide for a legal and safe source of medical marijuana.

“We believe the people of Georgia will support our efforts to allow patients with serious medical conditions to use marijuana under doctor’s supervision. We’re ready to take our plan to state lawmakers”, Bell said.  ”In 1980 Georgia was one of the first states in the nation to pass a compassionate medical marijuana law. We believe Georgia lawmakers are no less compassionate today. We should not treat patients like criminals.”

From the report: Four key principles for effective Georgia medical marijuana laws


1. Define what is a legitimate medical use of marijuana by requiring a person who seeks legal protection to (a) have a medical condition that is sufficiently serious or debilitating, and (b) have the approval of his or her medical practitioner;

2. Avoid provisions that would require physicians or government employees to violate federal law in order for patients to legally use medical marijuana;

3. Provide at least one of the following means of obtaining marijuana, preferably all three: (a) permit patients to cultivate their own marijuana; (b) permit primary caregivers to cultivate marijuana on behalf of patients; and (c) authorize nongovernmental organizations to cultivate and distribute marijuana to patients and their primary caregivers.

4. Implement a series of sensible restrictions, such as prohibiting patients and providers from possessing large quantities of marijuana, prohibiting driving while under the influence of marijuana, and so forth.


Georgia CARE is working with a diverse coalition of groups and individuals dedicated to educating the public, media and legislators concerning the medical marijuana issue.

Georgia CARE is seeking legislative sponsorship for the 2014 legislative session and is planning a symposium on Cannabis Therapeutics at Emory University in January 2014.

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  • Stephen Legette

    Can’t Wait, Needed Badly

  • Gregg Parker

    More Power to you Johnny!

  • John H Johnson III

    Georgia doesn’t need medical cannabis, they need cannabis. Full legalization is the only way to go. With full legalization adults over 21 can use it responsibility as they please to treat themselves for any condition not just serious conditions, cannabis is preventative measure because those who use cannabis regularly have less cancer diagnosis than who don’t smoke anything at all! If anything the amount of revenues made from legalization over medical has been proven to be astronomical in Washington and Colorado and other countries such as Holland and Portugal. Keeping regulations low and freedoms high is the most profitable way to go for any state. Look at Washington and Colorado, they are plagued with regulations and they spending as much money on regulating it as they are benefiting from it. We don’t need to warm people up with medical cannabis than full legalization later on because the people of U.S. have been polled time and time again and they want it.

    • Mr. Bogart

      Well since i live in Georgia myself, I would accept anything at this point, it’s better than what we have now in Georgia as it is.

      However i do agree with you, that Georgia should, be legal as Washington and Colorado but unfortunately, my “Source” tells me we are literally, years away from that stand point, so progression is far better than regression.

      • John H Johnson III

        I lived in Savannah for at least 7 years and I will testify that Georgia needs mass education on cannabis. Ignorance is high and minds are closed to almost anything new. Sad.

        Which is why I think anti-prohibition groups should go all the way. Setting your goals high is the only way we can win against the government’s War on Drugs.

        Slow and methodical is cool but it should be like using a sledge hammer to kill an ant, you are moving slow but you have to bring the pain win you swing. That ant will not be able to get back up and pass bills to ban cannabis in any way in certain cities and towns, pass unscientific DUI driving limits when cannabis does not affect you the way alcohol does and so on. If you gonna bring a petition, bill or any form of legislation bring all those safety nets in it not something that will leave vagueness and loopholes for the corrupt DEA and local police to continue to profit off the War on Drugs by arresting and filling the even more corrupt prison industry with more black and brown young men.

        Always set your goals the highest goal achievable. Well we want to fully end prohibition for all adults so that should be the firstl line in our petitions and letters not medical cannabis which is a half way fight towards restoring the constitutional right to put what you want into your own body.

        “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as a sorry state as the souls who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jeffereson

  • joe voll

    your not going to change any marijuana laws without Soros money. Its impossible for a grassroots marijuana organization to succeed in changing anything.

  • Eugene

    Need connect

  • Jose

    Religious marijuana will be legal in Georgia in a month or two after the Feds lose their test case in Hawaii. The Feds have been trying for three years to break down the minister of the THC Ministry as he has been locked in prison without trial. His only visitors have been his lawyers and a couple state senators. Even his wife is not allowed to visit him. For three years the Feds tried to get him to accept a plea deal where the Religious Freedom Act of 1993 would not go to trial, but it soon will.

    When Christie goes free in a month or two, religious marijuana will be legal in Georgia and the Christian Taliban and their pet Georgia politicians can take a hike.

    • wowFAD
      • Jose

        This is the most important event towards marijuana legalization yet it is receiving almost no attention. Allowing religious alcohol during 1920s prohibition created a religious revival, the same thing is going to happen with marijuana. Google Church of Smoke for a free church to claim membership.

        • wowFAD

          Appreciated, but that would be very disengenuous on my part. I’m an atheist. However, I’m an atheist who is a big fan of the 1st amendment.

          • Jose

            If you smoked pot to understand unified field theory, that would count. If you had to pick a choice that human rights come from God or they come from the government, which would you choose?

            Quoting from Wikipedia:

            There is no accepted unified field theory, and thus it remains an open line of research.

          • wowFAD

            Look Jose, I wasn’t picking a theological fight, so I’m not going to dignify a false dichotomy like that with a response. I didn’t challenge your beliefs, even though I could have. You can do me the same courtesy, or we can discuss the Euthyphro dilemma, the problem of free will, the omnipotence paradox, and the problem of evil in great depth — just know that you’ll be running the risk of losing your faith. I’m perfectly happy *not* having that conversation, however. It rarely ends well for the person I’m talking to.

          • Jose

            Wow, it looks like I hit a nerve. If you had to pick whether human rights come from God or the government, which would you pick? If you read the US Constitution the answer is clear what the Founding Fathers believed.

          • wowFAD

            I don’t appreciate handing you some news I thought you would appreciate, only to be subjected to a very weak recruitment argument for your nonsense superstitions. There is no god, Jose. So really, I find your assertion that you need to get high to be close to your imaginary friend, pragmatically, a huge joke. As is your church. I’m a big supporter of the 1st amendment, so I think you have the freedom to be delusional if you want to call it a religion. But don’t kid yourself into thinking anyone with an IQ above 80 is going to buy what you’re selling. You’re not that smart.

          • Jose

            The “news” you handed me was two weeks old and quite possibly something regurgitated from one of my other postings.

            Also take note that I have ZERO INTEREST in “recruiting” you. All the money that is collected for that church goes to the Red Cross.

            I suppose your high IQ leads you to enjoy getting your rights from the government which is the opposite of government getting its power from you.

          • wowFAD

            HAHAHAHAHA. Wanna know why I know you’re practically drooling on yourself, Jesus boy? You think human rights are contingent on Jeebus or big brother. When one person attempts to force another person to answer a question with only two optional answers (when there are a lot more than two answers) is FALLACY called a false dichotomy. Rights, morality — they don’t come from god or the government. Do yourself a favor and look up the word “inalienable” and observe how it’s used in the context of human rights. Tell me, does that tin foil on your head get itchy?

          • Jose

            You are arguing over semantics and don’t know it.

            You must never have read the Declaration of Independence.

            We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

          • wowFAD

            Last I checked, that was a letter to the King of England, not the Constitution of the United States. Learn to read, Jose. In the mean time, good luck with your fake church.

          • Jose

            It was a letter to the king saying that rights don’t come from the government. Meanwhile, good luck with your fake atheism.

          • wowFAD

            LOL — what exactly is “fake atheism”??? Are you under the impression that I *actually* believe in your superstitious nonsense and I’m just pretending to be a rational, free thinker? That’s just — let’s just say I understand why you’re trying to start your own church and not your own college.

          • Jose

            LOL – fake atheism is something you concocted in order to believe that something comes from nothing. If you don’t want to understand the world around you, that is your prerogative. And btw, the college is coming along fine.

          • wowFAD

            ! ! ! Seriously — does the tin foil itch?

          • Jose

            You should know, what else besides tin foil could you be using to shut out the rest of the world? Maybe copper or lead foil?

          • wowFAD

            Hahaha. I’ve always wanted to say this — no way, Jose! It’s priceless how you think you can brow-beat people into seeing your point of view when you consider that strategy tangentially to you wanting to start a CHURCH. Just hilarious. Frankly, I think you’re just a two-bit con artist who only wants to get high.

          • Jose

            I don’t know where you come from, but in the USA we have the First Amendment for protection against people like you.

          • RC

            Wow Jose, I am a Christian and you make me want to switch sides. But whatever, you asked for it. He have you an out many times. We are all on the same side for one thing though and you need to learn to leave it at that. If the marijuana law does go into effect it will have nothing in the bill regarding religion so no need in arguing about it now. Instead we all need to band together and focus on the one thing that brings us together.

          • Jose

            You are a Christian and you are contemplating switching sides? Which sides are you talking about and which side would you switch to? Are you implying that I am a Christian? If so what is the basis of your implication?

            Georgia already has medical marijuana but federal law is standing in the way.

            Banding together with wowfad is a bad idea. He brings discredit to marijuana smokers, especially in Georgia.

          • wowFAD

            Ya, just keep leaving these little drops of honey for your future parishioners. You’ll get butts in the seats of your fake church with such a sunny, welcoming, and *genuine* persona.
            I mean, it isn’t like we’ve already established you want to smoke weed so badly that you’re willing to orchestrate a LIE — apologies, I meant to say orchestrate a *defense* within religion.
            Take RC, for example. I told you Christians don’t appreciate having their religion co-opted by people with ulterior motives. RC appears to agree with me, the atheist, and not you, the self-purported believer and not-so-surreptitious con man.

          • Jose


          • Jose

            You seem to have a troublesome problem with churches. Did some preacher sexually abuse you as a child?

            We need to see how RC replies to my response to him. When he said that he was going to switch his religion from Christian to something else, we do not yet know if that something else is atheism or the Church of Smoke.

          • wowFAD

            No, I have a problem with people like yourself who are fakes and liars. I have respect for people who have legitimate faith — not an agenda. And that’s what you have, Jose — an agenda. I don’t agree with people of faith, being an atheist, but I do *respect* them.
            That’s why I don’t respect YOU, Jose. You’re not trying to spread the word, you’re not a messenger, you’re an addict who is willing to co-opt religion and pervert it for your own ends. I’ve met men and women who are truly pious. You, Jose, are not. You just want to get high, and you think a church is a convenient excuse.

          • doctorMJ

            If someone believes that there is no God, then how did all of this world come to be? A simple toothpick has to have a creator, and especially a whole box of them. So how could one explain even one functioning cell in our bodies without the premise of a Creator? Not arguing, just wondering how someone who does not believe in God thinks everything came to be.

          • wowFAD

            Sounds like you’re arguing, as you’re making an argument for the existence of god called the Teleological argument, aka, “the existence of a watch implies a watch maker.” The assertion of the argument, if I’m hearing you correctly, is the utility of naturally existing *stuff* like eye balls and the bacterial flagellum could have come to be, or that the fact that there is any stuff at all, regardless of utility, must imply a creator of some kind.
            The fact is, it’s not random. Natural selection accounts for all the useful stuff in nature that wasn’t specifically designed by a man — especially things like the eye ball, the immune system, bacterial flagella, which are things that increase the fitness of an organism in out-competing others for food and resources. The old “survival of the fittest” chest nut — natural selection.
            If you’re saying that the mere fact that stuff, any stuff at all, exists — talking about the Universe, wholly — implies someone/something created it, that’s not necessarily true. Just because all things in the set of The Universe were, at one time or another, “created” doesn’t imply the set as a whole has the same attribute. It’s called the composition fallacy.
            Now, to pre-empt the response I’m going to get, I’m going to tell you why I know, with certainty, that an all powerful, all knowing, perfectly good deity does not exist. Consider the four premises: (1) God knows everything, (2) God is all powerful, (3) God is perfectly moral, and (4) there is needless evil and suffering in the world. One of those four premises must be false, because an all powerful, all knowing, loving god would not allow needless suffering/evil. And no, the “it’s all part of god’s plan” does not work as a defense, as that would imply there wasn’t a way for god to achieve his goals (whatever they allegedly are) without causing someone to suffer in some way. Even if you want to give a pass to that problem, it doesn’t explain why there is so *much* needless suffering.
            At the end of the day, you end up trying to argue that god knows best, because god knows *everything* — at which point you realize that simple fact means free will is impossible. God knows if/when I’m going to get coffee in the morning, he knows if I’ll change my mind at the last minute, he knows — everything. No more free will. Which begs the question — why do people need to be doomed to eternal perdition for doing something god knew was going to occur, presumably, before *any* people even existed. And you can’t simply say “Well, god *doesn’t* know *that* stuff — no making epistemic exceptions when you say the guy knows absolutely everything.
            As soon as you come to grips with these realities — these logical truths — that are all consistent with the premise “there is no god,” you find you’re a lot less upset with the inconvenient, often dire circumstances life randomly throws at you, because there *isn’t* actually some omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent father-figure throwing obstacles into your life just to “test you” or whatever. You don’t shake your fist at the sky and demand to know “WHY ME, OH GOD?!?!” You simply go about the best way of helping yourself out of whatever those bad circumstances are without wasting any time or energy on superstitions that only confuse and anger you.

          • wowFAD

            Um, ya — that’s where you’re wrong. The 1st amendment protects you against persecution by the GOVERNMENT — not me. It doesn’t give you a free pass for *whatever* with *whoever*, pal. For example, the your first amendment rights are not being violated when I call you an idiot and a con man.

          • Jose

            I refer to you as the mob rule that the Constitution protects me from. It’s what happens when you have a representative republic instead of a democracy.

            When you start name calling, it only diminishes what little credibility you have left.

  • Jose

    The pit inside of a Georgia peach represents the brain that you will have to reason with to get any movement on legalizing marijuana.

  • Jose

    It seems that the Georgia atheist CARE people do not want religious marijuana because it would undermine their monopoly as a drug cartel.

  • Casey

    If they would make weed legal in georgia crime will go down alot

  • Casey

    Weed helps people sleep and there pain so im a prod supporter of weed if they made it legal alot of people will get the help they need

  • Mason

    Weed makes everyone who uses it feel better about themselves that can help save a persons life. Many people are very depressed and weed will help them out so much! Its powerful, but in a good way.

  • Chris

    I think it would be a good thing not just for the ones that smoke but for the state as well they could take the money they make off the taxes and do so much. It’s not something it takes a lot of thinking about u know

  • Chris

    do what you gotta do and get it done