prohibition-victims

A Vietnam Vet With PTSD
“Vietnam vet, smoked since 1969 never broke other laws never hurt anyone can’t sleep or eat without it. When upset marijuana always calms me so I can cope with my true feelings, and the thing I learned in combat that no one can explain unless you were in my mind. It has nothing but benefits for PTSD like nothing Va has.... Keep Reading
Medical Cannabis and Fibromyalgia
“I suffer from fibromyalgia, it consists of severe muscle spasms in my whole body. IBS, IC,arthritist, acid reflux, migraines, bunions, have had several surgeries that cause a lot of scar tissue to grow on nerves that cause pain. I had 5 hernias surgery, appendix surgery, gall bladder ,3 C sections, Hysterectomy, restless leg syndrome. Please listen to this , all this... Keep Reading
60 Years Old, Fed Up and Pissed Off
“My story is not a story, but facts. I have worn a prosthetic eye for 52 years which by now is very stressful, discomforting and is mostly a very depressing situation for me and always has been, if not down right irritating much of the time. When I take a few tokes, my stress and anxieties, discomforts, are subdued and... Keep Reading
Cannabis is the Only Thing That Eases Her Pain
“I am 25 and have severe back issues, my pain makes it almost impossible to clean my home without being in agonizing pain that shoots from my lower back into my right leg and hip and then I lose my footing from my weak leg and fall. Cannabis is the only thing I have found that soothes my pain without... Keep Reading
Who’s going to feed my family if I go to prison?
“I was recently serve a warrant on November 6th 2014 by G.B.I., Appalachian drug task force and Banks county sheriff’s department to search my home but first I was pulled over on my way to work they searched my vehicle and found nothing and then they made me drive back to my residence and searched my home. They retrieved 11... Keep Reading
Job Prospects Ruined Over Marijuana Arrest
“Got busted in 1990, haven’t been able to get good jobs since and marijuana is not near as dangerous as alcohol and cigarettes the legal drug we buy at almost every store, go figure. Not only those things, look at the prisons for profit that should be outlawed, and the medical uses that we haven’t been given a chance to... Keep Reading
I Suffer Daily Because the Medication I Need is Illegal
“I have battled with anxiety and depression and even attempted suicide throughout my life. This has made me a guinea pig for all sorts of medications some that have caused severe affects. I have chosen to smoke marijuana instead because it actually helps my problems but I have been arrested constantly for failing drug test for my probation yet I’m... Keep Reading
Without Marijuana a Labotamy Was Their Son’s Only Hope
“After surviving childhood, (my father was an abusive alcoholic, my step father was verbally abusive and my mom used whomever she needed to get what she wanted), I regularly smoked Marijuana as a teenager and into my middle twenties and without it I don’t know if I would’ve made it this far. My son was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia last... Keep Reading
An Overwhelming Fear of Arrest
“I suffer from not only type 1 diabetes, but also severe OCD and generalized anxiety disorder. Marijuana has improved my quality of life greatly in that it gets rid of my anxiety and helps deal with my OCD more than any other medicine I’ve tried. It also helps me deal with controlling my blood sugar, as I often suffer from... Keep Reading
Arrested Over and Over for Failing Probation Drug Tests
“I have battled with anxiety and depression and even attempted suicide throughout my life. This has made me a guinea pig for all sorts of medications some that have caused severe affects. I have chosen to smoke marijuana instead because it actually helps my problems but I have been arrested constantly for failing drug test for my probation yet I’m... Keep Reading
No Relief for Her Autistic Son
“I would love the ability to let my son try Cannabis medicine. He is 9 years old and Autistic. In reading about the effects on other Autistic children I believe it would help with his aggressive behaviors (hitting himself and others). I do not believe that there is any harm in legalizing cannabis for even recreational use. It’s a natural... Keep Reading
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Enforcing marijuana prohibition costs US taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually and results in the arrest of more than 693,000 individuals per year — far more than the total number of arrestees for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In Georgia punishment is particularly harsh for those that use and possess marijuana.

Approximately 35,000 people are arrested in Georgia every year for marijuana. Many of those arrested lose their jobs, their homes and their scholarships based simply on a misdemeanor marijuana conviction. Even more alarming is the number of Georgians convicted of marijuana possession who are forced to fund our state’s corrupt private probation system, often pushing them further and further down the economic ladder after being strapped with excessive probation management fees.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP THIS!

It is impossible for us to get our message across without being able to show examples of how marijuana prohibition has affected the lives of ordinary Georgians. We are interested in hearing your story. We want to know how marijuana prohibition has had an impact on your life. Whether you are the victim of an overzealous criminal justice system or forced to become a criminal in order to use marijuana to treat a medical condition, we want to know how the continued criminalization in Georgia has altered your everyday life.

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