From Georgia C.A.R.E. Director James Bell

Hello Friends and Supporters,

Here’s something new!

November marks the second anniversary of Georgia C.A.R.E. Project. With your help we have become a leader in the cannabis reform movement in Georgia. We have hosted rallies and forums on college campuses, spoke at civic meetings, lobbied legislators and testified before committee hearings, conducted media interviews and radio and TV talk shows and distributed tens of thousands of fliers and brochures.

Today we are at a crossroad. We must determine what our focus will be over the next two years. Should we focused on cannabis medicine only? Should we advocate for criminal justice reform? Is industrial hemp an issue for us? Should we be doing it all?

As a volunteer organization we are limited to the time spent each week on reform matters. Do we want a full time advocate? Can we raise the funds needed to grow our project?

These are just some of the issues we face as we move forward.

The next 2 months will be a busy time for Georgia C.A.R.E. Hearings, meetings, forums, interviews are on the calendar.

We need your support. Can you donate? Volunteer? Do you have a talent or skill to offer?

We are organizing a “Cannabis Ambassadors” program for people like you who want to be more involved – volunteers we can count on to help organize and advocate for reform. We will have more information on this program later this month.

Take a look at what’s in store for C.A.R.E. over the next few months.

November 12: Medical Cannabis Hearing – Augusta Ga. At Georgia Regents University 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
November 20: Public Forum – with James Bell – Morehouse University – Atlanta – 6:30 pm
November 13: Taping – “Doc Talk with Dr. Jeffrey Gallups” on WGST 640 AM – Airs 8:00 am Sundays
December 3: Final medical cannabis hearing – Georgia State Capitol – 1:00 pm
January 11: Wild Hog Supper – Georgia Railroad Depot – 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Food Bank Fundraiser
January 12: Start of Legislative Session – Georgia General Assembly – Gold Dome Atlanta
January 15: Forum on Cannabis Re-Legalization Jeff Maxwell Library – 5:00 – 6:30pm Augusta GA

These are just some of the events coming up over the next few months.

Georgia C.A.R.E. will continue to be a voice for reform and reason. With your partnership we can change the laws and bring compassion and justice to the state of Georgia.

For Compassion, Freedom and Justice
James Bell – Founder / Director Georgia C.A.R.E.

UGA Cannabis Forum a big success!

More than 150 University of Georgia students attended a forum on marijuana decriminalization last night hosted by Georgia C.A.R.E. affiliate Athens C.A.R.E.. Organized by Josh Wayne and his team, the students heard from various cannabis reform activists on plans to lobby for reform in the city of Athens and the state of Georgia. Georgia C.A.R.E. director James Bell said the event was a huge success and was happy with the reception from students.

“Our goal is to make cannabis reform a real issue to students. This is not a pipe dream. It’s a real effort run by real people who want real change. We are not criminals and the citizen of Georgia should not be treated as criminals”, Bell said.

DSCN2494This is Athens C.A.R.E.’s second year on campus and the movement continues to grow. More events are planned in the future

Georgia CARE director holds rally for child injured in botched raid

“Not only were the families put in jeopardy, but the police officers were also put in jeopardy because they had no idea who was in the home,” said James Bell with the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance.

It all comes after 19-month-old Bou Bou Phonesavanh was critically injured in the failed drug raid at a Habersham County home last week.

“It’s the duty of the parents to make sure the child’s in a safe environment, and if they’re in any kind of environment where drugs are involved, then obviously, they’re not safe and if the child wasn’t in the home in the first place it would never have happened,” said Matthew Cleveland, a protestor who supports the actions of the deputies.

The deputies used a tactic where they do not knock before entering suspected drug homes.

Those against such tactics said the policies should be changed.