Georgia Representative John Pezold (R-Columbus) submitted an Industrial Hemp Bill for consideration in the Georgia House on 2/22/2017. The Bill proposes the creation of an Industrial Hemp Commission and the establishment of a Hemp research program in cooperation with state universities.
I reached out to Representative Pezold and asked him why he thought the bill was important. He told me, “It’s long past time for Georgia to embrace hemp again. It was made illegal in large part because of the threat it posed to plastics manufacturers, as the plant is used in a myriad of products, among them plastic, textiles, and soap. There’s no telling how many jobs will be created with the legalization of this plant.”
I couldn’t agree more.
It makes sense that Representative Allen Peake, Georgia’s Champion for CBD/THC cannabis oil for Georgia’s needy patients, would support this bill.
Thank you, Representative Pezold and co-sponsors, for ignoring the “boogie weed” and researching this matter.
In the meantime, Representatives (1) Clark, Heath 147th(2) Peake, Allen 141st(3) Gravley, Micah 67th (4) Clark, David 98th(5) Dempsey, Katie 13th(6) Battles, Paul 15th have submitted a House Resolution, calling on Congress to consider legislation on policies for hemp and marijuana that would allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference. This is a giant step for Georgia.
Not surprisingly, Representative Allen Peake is also a co-sponsor of this Resolution. Representative Micah Gravely, another co-sponsor, is also a strong advocate of getting cannabis medicine to Georgia patients.
Thank you, Representative Clark and co-sponsors, for telling Congress this is none of the Federal government’s business.
A Brighter Future for Cannabis In Georgia
“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body believe that federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference and urge the administration not to undermine state marijuana and hemp policies“.
These are words from HR340 that lift my heart, that give me hope. Knowing that we have Georgia legislators that recognize the base reasons for the criminalization of Hemp and Marijuana and that recognize this is a States’ Rights issue, is encouraging.
We should all reach out to our Georgia Representatives who have sponsored HB465 and HR340, thank them, and give them a symbolic pat on the back.
Hemp can Make America Great Again!!