I’m 22 years old and I just graduated from college. I lost my dad to suicide when I was 12 and moved here from California. Since then I have been battling with depression. I have scoliosis which gives me severe pain in my lower back and sciatic. I recently got arrested for having pot on my persons and was sent to jail for 2 hours in Forsyth county. I don’t believe that Forsyth cops have anything better to do than criminalize young people. I’m prescribed an anti-depressant and tons of pain killers which neither of them work. The cop actually had the nerve to tell me I had a drug problem (I wasn’t under the influence of anything), when in reality people my age are OD’ing on heroin left and right. All they want to do is hide the heroin overdoses so they can sell people on their “perfect” county. I hate taking pills. I wish I could be prescribed weed for my depression, insomnia, chronic back pain, and nausea but I fear that will never happen because Georgia cares way too much about money. Legalize pot and what happens? The cops can’t bust the kids and the kids’ parent’s money can’t go towards the lawyers, probation officers, classes, judges, and prosecutors. They claim to be “helping us” when in reality all it does is make our life a living hell and impossible for us to become employed. If you want to help us, legalize pot and find the SOB’s selling heroin and other hard drugs that can ACTUALLY HARM you.
Sharon is a wife, mother, caregiver, business owner and life long resident of Georgia. Her eyes were opened when her family was traumatized by the “War on Drugs”, she uses her ears to listen to other victims and her voice to tell their stories and educate others on the direct and indirect harms of prohibition and how it affects us all.
Sharon has been a guest on numerous radio stations across the country as well as local and regional TV news affiliates. As well as LadyBud Magazine, HighTimes Magazine and Main Street. She was recently nominated by Mass/Cann NORML for National Female Activist of the Year. Sharon has traveled the country speaking on various topics including drug policy, activism, southern strategies and harm reduction. She produces a segment on 420radio.com highlighting the stories and work of other women in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.