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Candidate For Georgia Legislature Would Push For Marijuana Legalization

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georgia medical marijuanaBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

In what may be a first for the Georgia General Assembly, outspoken atheist and LaGrange attorney Mike Smith has qualified as a Democratic candidate for George House District 69. If elected, Smith said, he will propose legislation to outlaw all lobbyist gifts to Georgia legislators, legalize marijuana, and “make the rich pay their fair share of taxes.”

“I pledge to bring a rational voice to the Georgia Legislature,” said Smith, 62.

“The failed war on drugs is the lynchpin of the Republican party’s Southern strategy, which was designed to trick white Southerners into voting against their own interests,” Smith said. “With the legalization of marijuana, we can increase tax revenue, close expensive for-profit prisons, and use the savings to improve the education of our children.”

A Vietnam War veteran and former paratrooper, Smith now opposes all wars. “That includes the Republican wars against women, immigrants, gays, blacks, unions, and free speech,” he said.

Smith also vowed to work towards ending the improper influence of rich corporate lobbyists on our laws.

“Every year, lobbyists give millions of dollars in gifs to our representatives to control our laws,” Smith said. “Our laws should not be written by lobbying groups like ALEC. Our laws should reflect the democratic values of Georgians, and our legislation should be produced only for our people and only by our representatives.

“Georgians deserve better, and now is the time to stop legalized bribery in the Georgia Legislature,” Smith said.

Smith said that the incumbent in District 69, Randy Nix, “represents the three most dangerous and politically corrupt American institutions of this century: banks, the religious right, and the Republican party.”

“Our Republican legislators have allowed local schools to be closed while the richest remain exempt from paying taxes,” Smith said. “We should close tax loopholes and raise taxes on the one percent who profit from the hard work of Georgians.”

Smith, a father of three, has worked as a disability attorney in LaGrange for the past 30 years. He has a B.A. in history from LaGrange College, J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from Atlanta Law School, and an M.A. in psychology from the University of West Georgia.

For more information on Mike Smith’s campaign to represent Georgia House District 69, visit ElectMikeSmith.com. You can “Like” Mike on Facebook, here.

Article From Toke of the Town and republished with special permission.

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  1. Those complicated IRS and taxation issues are very important for any business and I am very glad every time I read interesting tax law blog post. Thank you for this post. I think that there are lots of attorneys among your friends. If I am right, many of them can submit contacts to Attorney Directory for free. Rubric of Georgia tax attorneys http://attorney-online.info/dir/tax/georgia/911 is supposed to be the most appropriate one, but there are many others. By the way, I wish such good author as you to publish articles and blog posts on Attorney Online.

  2. Mjjoan, I agree 100% with how progressive Atlanta (and to an extent, Athens) is, as, like you said, a lot of folks who live there are transplants, not Southern Baptists.  Unfortunately, Mr Smith is running in District 69, Heard County (primarily) which is about 60 miles SW of Atlanta.  While I’d do backflips if he won, I’m afraid I don’t like his chances either.

  3. I know you posted as a guest, but if you read my comment, can you tell me what are the bills you talked about?  I live in Athens and I’m constantly trying to find out if there are any in-the-works pieces of legislation I can throw my support behind.  Thanks!

    For that matter, if anyone ELSE knows, can you please respond?

  4. I dunno Dillard, there are alot of progressive peeps that live in Ga, Many are transplants from somewhere else. I’ve been around Atlanta quite a bit and found most of those residents to be a little more openminded and all that I knew were marijuana users except for one.

  5. haha I traveled through Missouri and also called it misery !! it rained the whole way through the state!! Out and back! A week apart!

  6. I’d like to see him run for president. Good man love the Atheist outspoken guy!!

  7. While I would love marijuana to be legal here and am very very much for it, I don’t agree with some of the other major stances he has. The republican party is already working bills to legalize it here.

  8. Although it is encouraging to see folks like Mike Smith running for public office it is WE THE PEOPLE who need to do the heavy lifting (many hands make light work) and encouragement works both ways, when elected officials see people being active in their cause it provides them with political cover.  SO, dont just click the like button, that is not enough, get active, start a movement!  PLEASE take a minute, follow the link, READ THIS!  This could at least be a first step.  

    The laws regarding cannabis were born on the wings of lies and pampered by propaganda such that now the tightly held belief systems are going to have to reckon with the desire of all humanity to live with dignity, free from the oppressive tyranny that ignorance and biggotry have spawned.http://www.change.org/petitions/all-elected-represenitives-and-the-united-nations-recognize-the-rights-of-cannabis-users 

  9. Dillard Jenkins on

    Georgia is not ready for Mike Smith, the state is subsidiary of the Baptist church. If you’re not a Southern Baptist Republican your chances of being elected are zero.

  10. I’m from misery, I mean missouri, and I wish we had someone like Mike Smith running for u.s. representative here!

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