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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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