Marijuana Possession Archives

Proof of marijuana possession faces challenge

Laws governing marijuana possession are changing in much of the nation. The state of Georgia recently passed a law called the Georgia Hemp Farming Act.  The law legalized the growing of hemp in Georgia. The hemp plant is virtually indistinguishable from the marijuana plant, but hemp contains far less THC, the ingredient that causes a high, than marijuana does. The law has created some confusion among law enforcement officials regarding marijuana possession.

Confusion over new law regarding marijuana possession

In July 2019, a law was passed allowing farmers to legally grow hemp in the state of Georgia. Hemp has many industrial uses, and can also be used to produce consumables containing CBD oil. The medical benefits of CBD oil are becoming apparent, leading to a massive push on the national level to get CBD products on the market and make them available to the public. While many may benefit from the new law, it has caused some confusion, and law enforcement may now hesitate to arrest someone for marijuana possession

Trust preparation: Are your affairs in order?

Georgia residents are enjoying the summer months, and as the old adage notes, "time flies." Summer is a good time for having barbeques, reaping the fruits of labor from a garden or taking a much-needed vacation. For each of these activities, a little planning can go a long way, and help prevent unexpected problems. Trust preparation follows the same line of thinking. 

Teens and marijuana possession: Does your teen know the law?

Georgia has recently passed several laws that will eventually allow the use of medical marijuana for qualified patients. Many states already have the infrastructure for such programs in place, while others have decriminalized or legalized the use of marijuana entirely. A teen may not be aware that laws vary from state to state, and a Georgia teen may end up in legal trouble after being charged with marijuana possession.

Marijuana possession still risky for patients

Georgia voters were successful in getting the ball rolling on the state's medical marijuana program. Though many rejoiced at the passing of new, long-awaited laws that will allow patients to have ready access to the medicine, patients should not celebrate just yet. It has come to light that the process is still years in the making, and in the meantime, a patient can still be charged with marijuana possession

New law will affect marijuana possession within state

Many Georgia patients will be overjoyed to learn that, at long last, the state has passed new laws outlining the provisions for production and sale of medical marijuana. For some time, Georgia residents suffering from qualifying conditions could obtain a medical marijuana card. Shockingly, these patients remained unable to legally obtain the medicine, leaving them at risk to be charged with marijuana possession

Confusing laws regarding marijuana possession

Georgia, like many states, has passed laws allowing people with legitimate ailments to use medical marijuana to treat the problem. Medical research continues to show that, when properly administered and taken under the care of medical professionals, marijuana can alleviate many symptoms without the harsh side effects often associated with other pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, unlike other states, Georgia has failed to provide a way for patients to access the medicine, leaving patients at risk to be charged with marijuana possession

Potential change may help those accused of marijuana possession

Under current Georgia law, a person accused of having marijuana on his or her person can face stiff penalties if convicted, such as hefty fines, probation or even jail time, even if a person is caught with less than an ounce of marijuana. Proponents of a new bill think these penalties are unfair to those convicted of marijuana possession. Though some members of law enforcement agencies have spoken out against the legislative proposal, many Georgia residents support these changes. 

Are penalties for marijuana possession unfair?

Georgia residents may be frustrated when they look at neighboring states' relaxing marijuana laws. For Georgia residents who use marijuana, the fear of being caught and charged with marijuana possession can cause serious stress. In the state of Georgia, being convicted of marijuana possession can result in penalties like fines, probation or even jail time. 

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