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.

Keith October 09, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Yes, The war on drugs causes far more harm than the drugs themselves. The War on Drugs is the cause of the violence and insane profits of the illegal drug trade. That massive profit is the reason why we have people trying to push drugs on children. In the time since the start of the "drug war" the use of tobacco has plummeted while the rate of marijuana has remained relatively unchanged. Marijuana is safer than alcohol or tobacco. When a stoned person gets to a stop sign they stop and wait for it to turn green; when a drunk gets to a stop sign they barrel through it at 70 Miles an Hour. The US would do a lot more to reduce the use of drugs if we ended the "war" and used the money that we currently waste on failed interdiction efforts to educate people about the harmful effects and treat people with addiction problems.
kristopher raby November 12, 2012 at 09:00 PM
yes..cause then the government could tax it nd we could beat the recession alot better !! You do know where headed for fiscal cliff ??
Robert Meeks November 13, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Big YES because GOD created marijuana and hemp plants so we vote it for U.S.A. Federal Law and all 50 States even Washington, D.C. into Full Legalization. We will vote it, legalize it, tax it, regulate it, turn it into fuel, oil, foods, clothes, soaps, shampoo, necessary materials + tools, surgery supply + stitches and medicines evermore. Let us ask question " if alcohol is legalize then marijuana is legalize ". We believe that alcohol will damage livers slowly and car accident will harm bodies but marijuana and hemp plants which GOD give us for habitation. We must to change laws in order to protect and keep U.S.A. Citizens safety from dangerous zones as know kidnapping by cartels, killing by drug dealers, force to sell by drug pushers, unjust laws against each other and conflict in interest between Lawmen and Citizens. When marjuana and hemp become legalization there will be wonderful for all the families and relatives will be back together as whole again in LOVE and PEACE. YES and MUST because GOD will name it and Bless it. AMEN !
Jerry Johnson November 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Yes!!! Yes and yes again! Marijuana is not a drug, alcohol and tobacco are far more harmful to the body an cause alot more deaths each year than anyone will ever prove marijuanna has caused since anyone can remember! I have yet to hear a good reason as to why it should remain illegal
gregory a. peterson December 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM
yes it should, this act would free up state and federal law enforcement resources, it would free up prison space, not to mention it would eradicate a massive social wedge in society


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