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SPEAK OUT: Should Georgia Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use?

Three states have such a measure on the November ballot. Share your thoughts.

Marijuana. Pot. Etc ...

In Georgia and many other states, possession and sale of it is illegal. However, many people long have advocated legalization of some amounts for so-called "recreational" use.

How do you feel about legalizing marijuana for recreational use? Tell us in the comments below.

And three states -- Colorado, Oregon and Washington state -- have a measure on the November ballot that would legalize up to an ounce of pot.

According to Foxnews.com, polling shows the measures in Washington and Colorado have at least 50 percent support.

“If Washington or Colorado wins in November, and both of them have a good chance to do so, it is going to be transformative in the way we think about marijuana policy in this country and even outside,” longtime legalization advocate Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance said on Foxnews.com.

President Obama and drug czar Gil Kerlikowski have been mum, even though the government’s website has warnings. The Office of National Drug Control Policy quotes a study that found one in six children who tries marijuana is at risk of developing a drug addiction.

An interesting endorsement came from an umbrella organization for child welfare groups.

Jon Gould, Deputy Director of the Children’s Alliance, said marijuana laws are being enforced unevenly and that hurts minorities and the poor.

“If those kids’ parents are shut out of housing, shut out of employment, shut out of education opportunities, we’re not helping those kids,” Gould said.

And if it's legal, it might lead to new jobs and tax revenue.

-- So now we ask, should recreational marijuana use be legalized? Should Georgia allow it? Tell us in the comments below.

vernon Hendrix October 10, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Hell yes stop lying to America.
vernon Hendrix October 10, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Stop lying to America
knowa October 11, 2012 at 07:26 PM
October 16th Washington DC. The Court Case Americans for a safe Access vs. The DEA. The DEA will have to Justified its scheduling of cannabis as #1 most dangerous kind along with Heroin. In spite of the US Patent on medicinal Cannabis and all the medical and scientific Facts. All Eye should be on this trial and getting the candidates to debate. http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/... Edit Reply
DavidGray November 07, 2012 at 06:25 AM
People keep saying what about the kids. Many kids start out smoking cigarettes which is far more unhealthy then marijauna. Plus, how many people die a year from alcohol and compare it to the deaths of marijuana smokers. But alcohol remains legal. Come on America, make marijuana legal.
Demotank November 07, 2012 at 06:51 PM
How are we suppose to live in fear and suffer our whole lives if marijuana is legal? Isn't that the agenda or our government? Make the people live in fear and suffer so they might require leaders and government assistance.? Why else you think it was made illegal in the first place? So the peoples emotions could be governed as well.
Soleil November 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
It def should be legal. The government would get more money bc we would be paying taxes on it. It would create more jobs. And the police would be able to focus on the serious crimes and stop spending money on housing individuals that got caught with marijuana, and they could spend the money on housing the inmates that committed actual serious crimes. This would save the government a TON of money. I think ALL states should legalize marijuana. A person driving while high will not kill someone, as with alcohol they do. Also, a person at a bar that has been smoking pot will not get into any fights, as with alcohol they do. I actually think that alcohol should be illegal and marijuana should be legal. America would be a much more peaceful place :)
steve November 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
This is what the people have wanted for years the war on drugs only makes it profitable and the money leaves the country lets tax it and stop the illegal trade of mj .
Otis November 15, 2012 at 04:41 AM
[PLEASE LEGALIZE MARIJUANA] We can Eliminate Crime by cutting drug dealers, save money by ending the fight on drugs (Marijuana to be exact), and ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY by legally selling it. That's a WIN WIN WIN Situation. In a addition to that marijuana has no harmful side affects like cigarettes and alcohol. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A NO BRAINER!!!!
Roberto Ferzola November 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Sign my petition to legalize MJ in Georgia. Please share https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/governor-of-georgia-nathan-deal-senators-and-representatives-decriminalize-the-recreational-use-of-marijuana-in-the-state-of-georgia
tiffany November 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I am in my 30's and have been smoking since i was 12. I have not moved to harder drugs nor have any desire too. And have the people are right. Compared to alcohol...how many life's have been taken or scared for life! But noone seems to care about that. All pot smokers want to do is chill, laugh, and eat!! Not party..fighting..raising hell..and get all loud and obnoxious !! Why is that still illegal? Come on give us a break!
FlyingTooLow November 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM
"...smoking since i was 12.." Dang, tiffany...I have heard of this...but, I still wonder if that may a bit young??? I smoked my first joint in December, 1967, at the tender age of 21. Now, a mere 45 years later, I still smoke pot. I have never 'graduated' to 'harder' drugs. I am living proof that prohibitionist propaganda is a fallacy...a blatant lie. The worst experience I had with marijuana was spending 5 years in Federal Prison for a pot offense. While I was there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months. When I went to the parole board after more than 3 years 'behind the wall,' I pointed this out to the panel members. Their response: "You must understand that yours was a very serious offense." I laughed about that for another 2 years (as I still sat in prison)...then wrote my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank. Now that you are 'of age,' I would be honored by your review... Happy Thanksgiving, Hugh Yonn
tiffany November 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Flyingtoolow: yes it as a young age. But everything came early for me. I left home at 15 and started having my kids @ 16. All of it was too young! But i was forced by my parents to " GROW UP" and that's what i did. Luckily i haven't gotten in trouble for it. As i have never been to jail. Thank god! Im sorry to hear what happened to you and makes me not believe in our system! I hear stories like yours and it makes me sick! As well as i know several policemen who smoke and was seen in a dog fight as well as some of our finest politics around here! I cannot wait to read your book! Have a happy thanksgiving..and keep on passing!
FlyingTooLow November 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Tiffany... You sound very well and in good spirits...I believe that is all that matters. I truly hope you enjoy the book...and I look forward to your review. Warning: the book contains some pretty strong language. Have a great weekend...many thanks for your comment, Hugh
Kevin November 24, 2012 at 04:58 AM
look if you think that pot should not be legal you are entitled to your opinion but i personally feel that your opinion is just retarded pot should be legal just as beer is alcohol causes more deaths than marijuana but you can buy it every day you get caught buying marijuana and you go to jail and as far as it causing any kind of addiction thats not true its all a mental thing a mind over matter kind of thing people get there children taken for smoking pot but its ok to go to the doctor and get pills like xanex that mess you up worse than pot ever would thats just messed up
Jim beam November 25, 2012 at 08:18 AM
What I don't understand is why people say marijuana ruined their lives because the were incarcerated. Heres something kinda thought provoking. When you steal you go to jail because stealing is illegal. When you speed you gt a ticket because speeding is illegal. Whether or not marijuana should be legal or not is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is, it is illegal. Therefore if you choose to partake in that illegal activity ie. smoking, possessing, or selling you should be punished because its illegal. You're making a conscious effort to break the law so why are you so shocked that you're being arrested for it? When the day comes that it's legalized go get as baked as you can, but until that time, if you choose to take the risk, be ready for the consequences
FlyingTooLow November 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Jim Beam... I was busted in 1981, for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. In that era, the DEA estimated that 40 tons per day were being consumed in the US. My 6 tons was a measly 3 1/2 hour supply. Yet, I still spent 5 years in Federal Prison for that 'indiscretion.' No, my life was not 'ruined.' I was well aware that what I was doing could very possibly lead to some time in jail. But, dang...5 years? That's the part I did not expect. I thought, 'Yeah, I may spend a couple of weeks.' Never did the 'year' word ever come to mind. I wrote about the great times I had that led to my arrest: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I would be honored by your review.
Jim beam November 26, 2012 at 06:59 AM
FlyingTooLow You sound like a perfectly alright person and I am in no way attacking you or your character, but I think your message is a little skewed. It sounds like you had a pretty lucrative buisness selling marijuana that was much more than getting caught high on the side of the road or having a few plants growing in your backyard. And if I were to be in the shoes of the DEA and the prosecutors I would say your sentence was spot on. The purpose of a prison sentence is to deter criminals from committing unlawful acts, and unfortunately I don't think you learned your lesson. Rather than making your mistakes into a positive message by trying to tell people selling and doing marijuana is not worth it, you make a joke out of it by being bitter and pithy. You are a talented writer, but I think you used your talent unwisely. I think if you had instead used your book to help people to learn from your mistakes instead of having to face the consequences themselves would have been a better message to pass along. It sounds instead like you used your book to mock the justice system and tell people how you were wronged. I really am sorry that you had to go through that terrible time in prison and I really do respect your desire to tell your story. But the law as it stands today classifies marijuana as an illegal substance and the amount of people breaking the law to use of sell it is preposterous. So telling the govt basically "screw your laws we're going to do it no matter what"
Jim beam November 26, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Isn't the best way to persuade them to change the law. I really want you to know that I am not attacking you, but I am genuinely curious about the way our culture chooses to disregard the law so blatantly and then is shocked when they are punished for breaking it. I am looking forward to your response Much respect Jim Beam
FlyingTooLow November 26, 2012 at 01:21 PM
@ Jim Beam... Again, I was not 'shocked'...nor 'ruined'...nor 'wronged'...I was well aware that what I was doing was illegal. I am a huge fan of American History...I guess my outlook on life, and my time in this world, have been shaped by my past studies...example: If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so. - Thomas Jefferson No one will ever convince me that another human being, or body of human beings, has the right to tell me how to live my life...so long as I bring no harm to others or their property. ANY time in prison for a marijuana offense is wrong...whether the length of incarceration is 20 years or 20 minutes...it is wrong! In my book, I tell of the great times that I had in the pot business. There is no 'whining' or 'blaming' others for my demise. That does not enter the story. But, I do point out that armed bank robbers were released in much less time than those persons 'vacationing' for large scale marijuana offenses. Which would you deem 'the more offensive?' As I pointed out earlier, in that era, 40 tons of pot were being consumed per day in the United States. You will love this: I thought I was performing a public service. And, Jim Beam, I know that you are not 'attacking' me...I am not offended. I appreciate your comments. Read the book...it's $2.99 at Amazon. I think you would enjoy it...it's written as comedy...no 'whining' or 'bitching' included. Hugh Yonn
KevfromtheA November 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
From Kev from the A, in ten thousand years there has not been not one reported death related to Marijuanna use, side effects are hungry, happy, and sleepy. Over 425,000 deaths from tobacco smoke, 85,000 deaths a year related to alcohol, this is common since which do you think should legal?
KevfromtheA November 30, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I am tired of these jobs in Atlanta not hiring because i smoke marijuanna, it makes no since! Then they try to lock people up and ruin your background just for a dime bag??? What can we do to stop these dumb laws?
Joshua Forrester December 20, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Most defiantly it should be legal. not only will it bring in revenue but it will have more jobs. There is differently more pros than cons. which is what you Haft to way out. we need to be concerned about the abuse of pharmaceuticals, and alcohol. which kills people everyday. You know how you kill a lab rat with marijuana? you drop a 25 pound brick of it from 25 feet up. Another thing you Haft to consider is that we won't Haft to worry about the Mexican mafia or in that case other countries importing it via black market. more money in are pockets... like 2 poc said a gun for the quarter. meaning people are getting killed for 7 grams of marijuana. when we could just legalize it.
Jim beam December 29, 2012 at 05:07 AM
@KevfromtheA heres an idea. Grow up, act like an adult, stop smoking weed and get a job.... How can you honestly blame companies for not hiring you even though you habitually use illegal substances? Seriously dude? Come on...
calvin mcmeen January 14, 2013 at 06:38 PM
The bottom line is yes it should be legalized in Ga and here's why. Lawmakers know as long as it's illegal there will be a steady supply of inmates in jails. Inmates in jails mean more business for the crime enforcement industry. I dare panel of political, medical, and law enforcement to prove marijuana is worst than alcohol.
Northern Smith III January 16, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Marijuana is not a drug it just grows like that and if you so happen to set it on fire there are some effects. Now these effect are not in the least bit as damaging and harmful as over the counter drugs or booze. Its 2013 and the topic of marry Jane and the use of this amazing herb is no longer taboo. It should be legal no if anew or buts
Jim beam January 17, 2013 at 05:28 PM
That would be true if crime enforcement was a for profit buisness. Law enforcement is a public service meaning inmates in prison are paid for by tax dollars. Police officers don't get paid extra to put people in jail. You obviously need to learn a little bit more about the criminal justice system before you make a bold and untrue statement like that. Also it's worse not worst....
Kyle forever high February 07, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Legalize it weed has never killed anyone it's been around for thousands of years the Romans smoked pot. Some if the greatest warriors and I believe America needa to earn respect back and take back our country the governments just fighting us and making up any excuse to keep it illegal and everyone knows. It's pot illegal everyone's gonna smoke it hopefully cop maybe put them inna better mood maybe even smoke a j with them and chill. America just needs to obey by the constitutional rights and realize what's right. If over a thousand people die each year from smoking and 5000 die from alcohol. Why not leglize pot? Never killed anyone just a natural grown erb god put on this planet on a reason even church tries to put u against smoking pot well maybe I just won't go anymore because where in the bible does god saw not to smoke pot?
Michael Jordan June 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM
I have been doing some research of my own and what I have found out, that it costs our taxpayers $1 billion per year just to house marijuana offenders. Now, the state of Colorado will generate $60 million per year to start and would generate $100 million per year within 5 years and the state of Washington will generate $100 - $150 million per year. Now just between those two states will generate 25% of what our Federal Government spends in 1 year. So, just think that if all 50 of our states legalized marijuanna and say, each state generates $50 million per year, that $50 million X 50 = $2.5 trillion dollars per year!!!!!!!! I am sure that will be a "Low Ball" number. Now just think that if hemp was made legal also, that alone would generate $427 million per year. That would be a grand total of $2.937 trillion dollars generated per year. How many highways, roads, schools, and bridges could be benefited from each state allocated without the help of our Federal Government. Not counting the amount of taxes that will be paid to our Federal Government, including jobs created. To me thats a great start for indpendance for the USA, which didn't include bio-fuels made from hemp. Even more money generated from legalizing/decriminalizing/reclassifing marijuana and hemp. Wake up America!!!! Take the time to smell the "Flowers" and "Reap" the rewards!! We can't keep trying to print, borrow money ourselves out of debt, that our screwed up Government has been doing to us as Americans and our children and their children. Its time to vote YES to end the porhibition of marijuana and hemp.
David Brown October 23, 2013 at 06:08 AM
I really don't understand why marijuana is illegal when it is documented to be a medical plant that can relieve pain, stress, anxiety, depression and other things.... helps comfort cancer and glaucoma.... WTF IS THE PROBLEM!! People get locked up for multiple calendars for carrying a healing plant and yet don't go through half of that after an alcohol related hit and run accident.... And alcohol causes damages that marijuana can help treat also.... although I do like alcohol, marijuana is totally better, either recreational or medicinal.... but it is what it is.... Georgia is afraid of bringing in GOOD MONEY!!!!
Barbara Clayton March 24, 2014 at 06:36 PM
hell yeah i agree

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