420 with CNW – Georgia Legislators Add Marijuana Decriminalization to Police Reform Bill

June 23, 2020 15:25:58

For the past few years, the US has been stuck in a state of civil unrest, with millions of Americans protesting police brutality against unarmed black folk. Triggered by the tragic murder of George Floyd by a police officer on the streets of Minneapolis, the countrywide protests have forced lawmakers to start working on policing reform legislation. In Georgia, as part of a recently filed comprehensive bill, lawmakers added a provision to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession.

It’s no secret that the decades-long War on Drugs has had a disproportionate effect on the black community. Advocates for the legalization of marijuana have repeatedly stated that legalizing cannabis is the first step in reversing the damage done to such communities. Senate Democrats introduced the Georgia Justice Bill to coincide with the reconvening of the legislative…


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