Georgia Marijuana Information

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.

 

3 comments

  • 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…

  • 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)

  • 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. 😎👍

Comments