The Georgia affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is asking Gov. Nathan Deal to decriminalize marijuana.
The request comes after the end of the most recent General Assembly last week, in which a bill allowing the use of cannabis oil for medical purposes failed on the session’s final day.
“Gov. Deal says he will be ‘talking with all of our state agencies, to see if there is something we can do to make this treatment possible,’” says Peachtree NORML Executive Director Sharon Ravert, “But he cannot pass laws; only the legislators can do that and they won’t be back in session until 2015. Deal can act now and in the meantime, put together a commission to study medical marijuana laws from the twenty states with working programs to make recommendations for the 2015 legislature.”
Ravert says Deal has the power to essentially decriminalize the use of marijuana.
“Deal could issue an executive order tomorrow to all state law enforcement agencies directing them not to pursue personal-use marijuana cases,” says Ravert. “Not only would that help the families of epileptic kids treat their seizures, but cancer patients could treat their nausea and pain, PTSD patients could treat their mental trauma, and Georgia parents wouldn’t have to worry that their college-aged children will go to jail if they experiment with marijuana.”