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Push to decriminalize marijuana in Ga. launched

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Should you go to prison if you smoke pot in Georgia?  One group argues emphatically that you should not.  A campaign to decriminalize marijuana in Georgia was launched Monday at the State Capitol.

All News 106.7's Connie Cummings reports that the Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform and Education (CARE) held news conference to urge state lawmakers to include reforming Georgia's marijuana laws as they reform the criminal justice system.  One member of that group, James Bell, says the state effort to stop filling prisons with non-violent offenders should include marijuana laws.  

Bell also says they want lawmakers to modernize the state's medical marijuana law and make use of an existing state law that taxes marijuana.

Georgia CARE says there were 35,000 to 40,000 marijuana-related arrests in the state last year and loosening the laws will clear out the already crowded jail system.

Colorado and Washington state recently enacted new laws allowing recreational marijuana use in public.

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