While it is illegal to cultivate, process, or sell marijuana in Georgia, it is perfectly legal to administer the drug to patients suffering from cancer, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders and sickle cell disease.
In October 2015, the Constitutional Court of Georgia scrapped the “unconstitutional” law that jailed residents for buying, smoking, and carrying small amounts of marijuana. Earlier, anyone caught with possessing marijuana for personal use twice in 12 months would get up to 14 years in prison. After the landmark ruling, anyone caught with possessing up to 70 grams of marijuana for personal use would no longer be jailed even if found guilty.
On New Year’s Eve 2016, marijuana plants were confiscated from the offices of Georgia’s liberal party, after its members potted 84 cannabis seeds as part of their campaign to decriminalize drugs and legalize cannabis. However, the party leader and his colleagues are yet to be charged with a criminal offence.
It seems Michael Moore, the new Madison County Sheriff, is not keeping pace with the developments. Recently, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office tried to brag on Facebook how the department was working hard to protect the citizens of Madison County by catching drug dealers and “getting some more dope off the street and bad guys in jail.”
After hundreds of hilarious and furious comments pointed out the immoral and hypocritical nature of the post, Madison County Sheriff’s Office was forced to delete it. Nonetheless, the netizens found an earlier, similar post to vent their anger:
There is evidence out there, supporting that marijuana destroys cancer, cures severe epilepsy, treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and saves lives. The National Cancer Institute as well as the National Institute on Drug Abuse has admitted marijuana oil kills cancer cells. Over a 100 peer-reviewed studies have concluded marijuana cures cancer. In fact, Big Pharma has smelled cash where it once smelled competition: it has admitted that cannabis is effective in diminishing the mortality rate of people suffering from cancer.
Statistics show when medical marijuana is legal and accessible, fewer people use prescription drugs. Opiate overdoses have dropped by roughly 25% in U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana, compared to states that have prohibited it. Yet, the police continue to kidnap, cage, and kill people for possessing the plant. Wonder why? The Free Thought Project explains:
“If the CDC calculated the number of deaths inflicted by police while enforcing marijuana laws, the number would certainly be shocking and could even be deemed a risk to public health. Marijuana is, indeed, dangerous, but only because of what can happen to you if the police catch you with it.
“Nothing highlights the hypocrisy, immorality, and sheer lunacy of the drug war quite like marijuana prohibition, and the only ones who continue to enforce the immoral and tyrannical act of marijuana prohibition are those who profit from it — like the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.”
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