Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson has filed a constitutional amendment which would legalize the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of recreational cannabis. The proposal also addresses the medical use of cannabis by allowing patients to purchase the medicine tax-free.
Under Senator Thompson’s proposal, the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis would be legal for those 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets would be established as a means of safe access to the substance.
“Once you legalize and regulate something, the incentive for the drug cartels and the human traffickers to be involved in it goes away because it becomes a business,” says Senator Thompson.
Taxes placed on cannabis sales would be divided between education and transportation, with medical cannabis being tax-free.
If the proposal is approved by the state’s House and Senate, it will be placed on the November ballot, allowing voters to decide its ultimate fate.
Georgia’s House recently voted 158 to 2 to allow for the possession and use of cannabis extracts for medical purposes, though the qualifying conditions are limited and the oil must contain no more than 5% THC.