Why People in Georgia Transform Their Mobile Phones or Tablets into a Gambling Enterprises?

Most of the Southern States are more opposed to gambling, marijuana and weed legalization compared to other parts of the US. Mainly this is thanks to the mostly conservative population and conservative politics of the governors on the Southern States. One of the most restrictive states in the US when it comes to marijuana and gambling is Georgia.

Cannabis in Georgia is considered as a drug. Speaking of restrictions, there is no casino for gambling, nor horse or dog tracks for sports betting. There are no roulette games in hotels nor slots machines in bars.

Most of the states in the Southern United States are more opposed to marijuana and gambling, compared to other parts of the US. Mainly this is thanks to the mostly conservative population and conservative politics of the governor in the Peach State. Georgia care project marijuana legalization was canceled after a couple of weeks because cannabis is considered as a drug.

As we said earlier, there are no casinos for playing slots games, nor events for sports betting. The only thing available in the form of gambling in Georgia is playing the lottery. All other players with a competitive spirit, will have to try their luck on the internet, with online casinos. There are tons of online casinos that offer no deposit bonus and fun games with different themes for everyone.

That’s why the Southern USA States are leaning toward online gambling and not surprisingly, Georgia is one of the States with high use of online gambling as a way of entertainment.

“Let Georgia Vote 2018” Campaign

For the first time in Georgia history, voters could have an opportunity to vote on whether to allow in-state cultivation of cannabis for medicine.

A resolution (House Resolution 36) filed in January 2017 by State Rep. Allen Peake and Rep. Micah Gravley and others, would place the question on the ballot in November 2018 as a Constitutional Amendment.

YES or NO – Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide by general law for the regulation of the production of cannabis and sale of medical cannabis to certain individuals and further provide that the net revenue of the fees from such production be dedicated to a department and state sale taxes be dedicated to a fund to support drug treatment programs within this state?”

Legal intrastate access to medical grade cannabis is the missing link for patients who have qualified under current state law to receive a low THC oil. While patients can get a permit for use, there is no legal way to obtain the medicine in Georgia. Currently, patients must purchase cannabis oil from sources in others states. This is technically illegal under federal law.

Therefore, Georgia CARE Project supports placing the question on the ballot to allow Georgia voters to decide the issue.

Our campaign “Let Georgia Vote – 2018” supports the resolution and encourages the Georgia General Assembly the debate and pass the resolution and allow the voters who elected them to determine the fate of this proposal.

Three things you can do to support the measure:

  1. Contact your state representative and senator in support of HR-36

  2. Share our campaign (graphic) on social media

  3. Donate to Georgia CARE Project as we launch this campaign

Atlanta’s Proposed Marijuana Ordinance – No Jail Time $75 Fine

On Tuesday, March 21st, the Public Safety Committee held a work session for input on an ordinance proposed by council member Kwanza Hall concerning the city’s marijuana possession ordinance. Committee Room 1 was filled with citizens and activists interested in witnessing the legislative process.

Committee Chairman Andre Dickens called on several speakers from the community and government to share their thoughts on the proposal.

The ordinance would amend a current ordinance that defines punishment for the possession of one ounce or less of cannabis. Currently, the city ordinance allows for up to $1000 fine and 6 month confinement, the maximum punishment allowed in municipal courts. State courts can sentence up to 12 months confinement and a $1000 fine. Either violation is considered a misdemeanor, resulting in an arrest and conviction record.

Under the new proposal, the offense will not be treated as a misdemeanor and would only be subject to a fine of $75 with no arrest, incarceration, or criminal record.

Some of those participating in the hearing include Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry, Attorney Mawuli Davis, Rev. Bob Thompson of Compassionate Atlanta, Dr. Camara Jones, past President of the American Public Health Association and Atlanta appointee to the Dekalb Board of Public Health. Also in attendance were cannabis activists James Bell of Georgia CARE Project, Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML, Paul Cornwell of CAMP, Ted Metz, Tracy Manning, Dean Sines, and others who spoke in favor during the public comment portion of the meeting.

The committee also heard from various department heads including the police department.

After the testimony, Chairman Dickens said he was ready to take a vote at the next meeting.

Atlanta is the second city in the past 12 months to consider the ordinance change. Clarkston GA made headlines news in 2016 by enacting a similar ordinance.

Just last week the city of Temple, west of Atlanta, announced they too will hold public meetings on their marijuana ordinance. Announcements of the meeting dates will be published soon.

Georgia CARE Project launched the “City by City” initiative last year to educate activists and city councils about the ability of cities to enact such codes.

We believe as more cities pass local codes eliminating jail time and criminal records, the state legislature will get the message that the citizens of Georgia no longer want to incarcerate its citizens and treat them as criminals for possession of personal use amounts. In the meantime, the residents of these cities will be safe from excessive fines, arrest, and criminal records that affect their livelihoods.

Senate Bill 105 introduced this session by Sen. Harold Jones II of Augusta, would move felony amounts from more than 1 ounce to 2 ounces and no jail time for ½ ounce or less. The bill passed out of committee by a 7-2 vote but stalled in the Rules Committee. The bill will be active for the 2018 legislative session.

Georgia CARE Project will continue our efforts to reform Georgia’s antiquated cannabis laws.