The goal of Peachtree NORML is to provide information and education to Georgia citizens about the failure of an 80 year-old war on the cannabis plant. We do this by providing our opinion and links to information that encourage you to research the facts on your own. We do not provide legal advice and encourage anyone facing criminal charges to retain competent legal representation.

Legal Limits

The below table, borrowed from NORML’s Georgia page, lists the penalties for various marijuana-related charges in Georgia.

Possession limit for marijuana in GeorgiaArrest Statistics

In 1990 there were 8,314 arrests for marijuana possession or sales by all of the local, county and state law enforcement agencies in the state of Georgia combined. By 2013 that number ballooned to over 35,000, with nearly 85% of those arrests being for possession only. Georgia ranks sixth in the nation in the number of people arrested for marijuana.

“Marijuana prohibition is taking a toll on the entire country, but Georgia is among the states paying the biggest price,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Law enforcement resources would be better spent addressing serious crimes instead of arresting adults for using a substance objectively less harmful than alcohol.”

Racial disparities in marijuana arrests

No group understands the war on the cannabis plant better than Georgia’s African American community. In 2010 Georgia law enforcement officers arrested 389 out of every 100,000 citizens for marijuana, and African Americans accounted for 64% of those arrests In fact and a 2013 ACLU study entitled “The War on Marijuana in Black and White concluded that African Americans in Georgia were 3.7 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites.

 

(9) Comments

  1. Urin Goodhanz

    IT IS ALL THE WASTED, THROWN AWAY, ALL THE TAX MONEY, ALL THE RUINED LIVES, LOSS PRECIOUS TIME, POLICE MADE INTO THE “ENEMY” UNNECESSARILY, GOVERNMENT DIMINISHED, DELUDED AND “USED” BY THE PHARMA PR UNIVERSE/INDUSTRY…A crying shame that must be stopped by education, facts and reality…pot ain’t as bad as it is made out to be…

  2. Urin Goodhanz

    so what do you do with the SESSIONS monster?
    we are taking 12 steps backwards because of a small minded backwards thinking, myopic shallow anal compulsive “sherriff”

    next he’ll be putting clothing on the nude bronze and marble statues like nut ball ASHCROFT (Mr.Drug War)

  3. Kandee Mer

    Before all the hype about medical cannabis was being debated across the nation. I was growing cannabis to treat my P.T.S.D. and Chronic Pain until the helicopter landed in my backyard. They spend more money on the RAID than I would consider (worth it). I only had 18 seedlings they were only 1/4in. tall. Nevertheless I made the news along with several other people in the area. Charged with a felony for something that was helping me to have a somewhat normal life caused me to fear growing anything. My green thumbs are turning brown. I never sold any of it. Some people do grow it tour the profit, not me.Now if I get some I have pay for it .Between the not being able to afford it and the money funding more dangerous drugs, & people.I have dreams of it but being able to grow my own cannabis on my own land seems not likely in my lifetime. I only have a few years left. Would be nice to live out them with less pain and discomfort. 😎👍

    1. DAWN M THOMAS

      Dont you wonder if it is truly unethical for a person who is sick to be denied a plant that can treat their illness, especially one that has never been known to cause death by over dose.
      Yet Opiods which cause thousands of deaths each year are the only option provided. Somehow as a prior R.N. this seems to impose a cruel interpretation of ethics based on a lack of understanding.
      We need to educate others and hope wisdom starts to correct this problem.

  4. Joe G

    Why cant we as Georgian’s get this put on the ballot. I am reading where 6 other states have enough signatures to push it through. Are we or can we not get enough signatures to change the law. Perhaps I just don’t know or understand why this is not being done in Ga. Even with out the Governor approval. Help me understand. All the data I am reading says their is somewhere around 70 % approval rate for medical cannabis. Help me understand or tell me what to do. I have a large network of supporters.

  5. David

    What about the CBD-rich “hemp” sold in smoke shops? It’s cannabis flowers but it’s not marijuana. Would police even understand the difference? Would that get us a year in prison even though it’s legally sold over the counter with taxes paid on it?

  6. jbow

    I was born in GA and have lived most of my life here. I’ve come to the conclusion that if I want freedom and relief in my lifetime the only answer is to move away from Georgia. This makes me sad but this state is so backwards on marijuana.. it’s the only solution I see. Otherwise I’ll just wait and feel bad for the rest of my life.
    People who are disabled or retired should have access to marijuana, not this silly low THC oil. There is NO good argument anyone can give as to why someone should be denied access to something that makes them feel better if the person is not in the workforce and not driving impaired. I guess some people think that it is evil to use a substance in order to feel better. It’s an easy thing for a healthy younger person to say but totally lacks empathy.
    Once my wife retires too, I think we will say goodbye to Georgia. That really makes me sad. I love Georgia but the politicians are really bad here.

  7. KMan

    I am a retired Army combat veteran that suffers from PTSD. I live on the South side of Atlanta, GA. Effective July 1, 2018 those suffering from PTSD qualify to be on the Medical Marijuana registry. The problem I have if that I have under the care of VA doctors for 8 years. They will not sign any documents to support my efforts to get onto the registry. It has become unbelievably hard finding a Doctor that would help me get on the registry. If anyone has gone through this process of finding a Doctor that would help put you on the register, please respond. I take 16 pills a day and I can’t do it anymore.

    1. Tom McCain

      Here’s a list. You can also try Dr. Hodge, Address: 619 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
      Phone: (404) 523-0111

      https://www.southerncannabis.org/medical-marijuana-doctors/?zoom=14&is_mile=1&directory_radius=0&hide_searchbox=0&hide_nav=0&hide_nav_views=0&hide_pager=0&featured_only=0&feature=1&perpage=20&sort=newest&address=georgia&directory_radius=0&center=32.1656221%2C-82.90007509999998&address_type=

      You can take your VA records to most of these folks and they will use them in considering a recommendation for you.

      Best wishes, and let us know if this works for you.

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