Legalization of marijuana in Georgia

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Georgia is and always has been a "prisoner state", known for obtaining income off of the incarceration of its citizens. I am respectfully petitioning the Georgia State House, Georgia Senate, and Governor Nathan Deal to progress both socially and economically past the needless segregation of families due to outdated, irrelevant legislature and into a healthier, more productive future for our citizens. The statistics of other states that have legalized marijuana have substantially increased their state's revenue, while simultaneously dropping crime rates and stimulating the economy by providing badly needed jobs. Our numerous discharged veterans that have selflessly given their services to improve our country could greatly benefit from amended legislation as well, due to the overwhelming medical evidence of the positive effect on P.T.S.D., chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and innumerable other diseases/ disorders. I, along with the majority of other Georgians I'm sure, would project a drastic reduction in D.U.I.'s, domestic violence, child endangerment, animal abuse including dog fighting, addiction, homelessness, and welfare recipients, to provide a few examples. The economic stimulus that would undoubtedly transpire would have a positive impact on not only consumers but employees, entrepreneurs, and larger industrial institutions alike; thus, benefitting the entirety of Georgia. Recent statistics have shown that legalization is much more profitable and less expensive than prohibition. In closing, I, along with the citizens of Georgia would appreciate if the archaic and destructive prohibition laws were amended for the benefit of the constituents of our jurisdiction.

Respectfully yours, Autumn C.M. Riley.



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