On Dec. 29, 2015, Georgia Sen. Harold Jones II pre-filed legislation that would eliminate felony marijuana possession in the state. According to the Augusta Chronicle, Jones was inspired to introduce legislation when lawmakers passed a bill that would suspend the driver’s license of those convicted with possession of marijuana.
“It basically opens the door for us to begin a discussion about reform,” Jones said. “These felony records go on people’s records for life and are affecting people’s livelihoods and their education.”
Although Georgia has legalized CBD-only marijuana for patients suffering from intractable seizures, the state has not passed legislation to allow for its cultivation or reduced the penalties for simple marijuana possession.
The bill, SB 254, would not necessarily eliminate penalties for marijuana possession but rather it would soften some of the tougher penalties attached to the infraction. Marijuana possession under Jones’ bill would reduce marijuana possession to a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine or one year in prison.