Prohibition cost my family 10k over 20 years ago!! All because I smoked a joint in my own home, when my kids were not even home!! I opened the door and saw the Sheriff car, and instinctively closed the door back and ran away from it! Did this stop the officer? NO! He came right in and asked to search. I knew that fighting it in my county was futile because it is a real “good ole boy” network here and I’m no “good ole boy”. I allowed him to search (mistake, I know) realizing what he would find. Two gallon size ziplocs of fresh grown marijuana. The plant was a complete surprise, found on our property and grown by accident. It was freshly harvested. They took it and waited on my husband to come home. When he did, they took him to jail and asked me to follow knowing I was the one smoking and would be driving the kids (shows how dangerous they thought it was) to the sheriff’s office. When I got there, they arrested me too and we had to post bond. The fines and fees alone cost about ten thousand dollars plus the lawyers thirty seven hundred. When it made the paper, we had “several quantities of marijuana” (because they emptied every ashtray into a different baggie! The biggest shock of all was that the kids friends spoke up and wondered how could this cop arrest us when he sold weed to high school kids!!!! (this one i have no proof of) I couldn’t fight the charges in court because I couldn’t afford a lawyer and didn’t want to get fired for being out for a trial. So a guilty plea was my only choice. Now people all over can do this legally yet I still can’t because I live in Georgia!
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.