If Thompson’s bill is successful, Georgia residents would be able to purchase, possess, and use “small amounts of marijuana. Gov/legislation/en-us/display/20172018/sr/614″>the bill is just two pages long, and contains only vague protocols for legalization. Unlike more detailed proposals, SB614 makes no mention of home grows, tax rates, dispensary regulations, or allowed possession limits. Still, with several states already allowing legal weed sales, Georgia legislators have plenty to pull from. Thompson is confident those issues will resolve themself in due time.
“If you use the same tax rate that Colorado has, and then you correct, we are a bigger state,” Thompson told WGCL. “We bring in $340 million a year. “
Even with a barebones plan, Thompson already has ideas about where that potential money could best be spent.
“It would be 50 percent for transportation, which could go to mass transit, or roads, and then 50 percent to the Hope Scholarship,” Thompson said. If you’re carrying any more than a zip or caught selling even dime bags of bud, those penalties increase exponentially.
Further, Georgia police have consistently used the state’s cannabis laws to unfairly persecute minorities.
If SB614 succeeds in both the State Senate and House of Representatives, the cannabis legalization measure would then appear on the state’s Midterm election ballot this November, giving Georgia residents the final say. In the most recent look at how that vote might turn out,