NORML Attempts to Change Marijuana Laws in Georgia
According to a 2007 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study, more than 62 million Americans said that they have used marijuana at some time in their life and 4.6 million Americans 35 years or older said they had used marijuana in the last month. Now NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, has set up shop in Georgia and is led by a charismatic lawyer as executive director of the Georgia chapter.
This man faces stiff opposition from Georgians who tend to be more conservative than liberal, but to him, it is the marijuana laws that are much too conservative and he is in Georgia trying to do what 13 other states have already done – legalize marijuana for medical use.
The executive director mentioned that NORML advocates that minors under the age of 18 should not smoke marijuana. He also commented that Arnold Schwarzenegger recently requested that a study be carried out on legalizing marijuana.
When questioned on the expectations in Georgia he stated that he realized “this is Georgia” and did not expect marijuana to be legalized for recreational use but in baby steps starting by legalizing it for medical use and less harsh punishments. The executive director hopes that after that point and a greater awareness by the public, a broader legalization of the laws can be pursued.
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