Everyone is doing it, California, Oregon, Colorado. Basically everybody.
Why aren’t we? Is it because we already have?
Back in 1980, when sideburns were in, Georgia was among the first to study medicinal marijuana. And by study, I mean pass a bill authorizing its study.
From Creative Loafing:
Under the law, the state created a program to study the effects of medical marijuana on cancer and glaucoma patients. The program was to be overseen by the Patient Qualification and Review Board, or PQRB. The board’s governor-appointed members would review doctors and patients allowed to access cannabis for medical treatment. The marijuana would come from the University of Mississippi Marijuana Project, the nation’s only federally approved pot farm.
But Georgia’s medical marijuana program soon faced a major problem when the legal pot supply dried up. In 1982, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Drug Enforcement Administration stopped delivery of the country’s sole source of legal cannabis.
Georgia’s program had effectively ended without ever supplying a single patient with the medical marijuana promised. Subsequent Georgia governors had the authority to reappoint the board, but never acted. As a result, the law has lingered on the books for the last 30 years.
Paul Broun was thrilled. He reportedly was hugging people on the floor of the General Assembly when it passed. Unfortunately, that was a different time, and a different Paul Broun.
What’s going on now in the country?
- 13 states have proposed or enacted legalization, including Colorado and Washington
- Three states have commissioned studies to analyze the impact of legalization: New Mexico, Rhode Island and West Virginia
- 21 is the recommended age for legal use of marijuana across the board
- The majority of proposed legislation recommends each state’s Department of Revenue, Department of Taxation or the Liquor Control Board serve as the regulating body
- Two states propose creating a new regulatory body: Maine – Bureau of Marijuana Regulation, Licensing and Enforcement; Massachusetts – Cannabis Control Board
- Taxation varies amongst proposed legislation ranging from 15 percent in New Hampshire, 25 percent in Nevada and $50 per ounce in Maine
- The State of Washington limits advertising signage of retail outlets selling marijuana to 1,600 square inches
So, I have to ask, are you a 420 person?
The whole law after the jump for your perusal: