At the latest hearing of the Georgia Medical Marijuana Commission participants heard from the state’s law enforcement leaders on the subject of in-state cultivation and distribution of high CBD strains of cannabis, and to say they are uniformly against any cultivation in Georgia would be an understatement.
Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told the commission that any plans to allow in-state cultivation should include stringent security regulations and painted a picture of high-end, ultra-secure labs that would be required in order to grow marijuana and produce and test medicine to DEA standards.
“There’s already standards in place from the Drug Enforcement Administration that regulate pharmacies and gives the elements for restrictions and way to do business,” Keenan said. “It would be my position: Why would we deviate from the DEA regulations already in place?” -GBI Director Vernon Keenan
“We do oppose all cultivation” said Georgia Sheriff’s Association president and Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.
Would growing marijuana in Georgia really be that bad?
The fact that Georgia’s law enforcement leaders are painting a dreary picture of in-state cultivation is nothing new, and it is nothing unexpected. Cannabis prohibition has been a long, hard-fought battle that has cost real money and real lives, just like a war in a foreign land would. The only difference is that it’s a war we have waged on our own people, and law enforcement professionals like Director Keenan and Sheriff Wilson have spent the majority of their careers fighting this war. It is because of their lifelong commitment to eradicating what was once thought to be a dangerous drug that they are simply unable to admit that they may have been wrong, and that chopping down 10 plants so someone else can grow 20 is a wholly ineffective and extremely expensive way to fight the so-called war on cannabis.
The reality is that in-state cultivation of high CBD cannabis crops would not require obscene amounts of money to grow and produce, and the reason we know this is because people are growing and selling this medicine every single day in the majority of the country, and where reasonable regulations are in place we do not see a diversion of medicine to the illicit market. This is because each plant is tracked from seed to sale and every gram of cannabis is accounted for along the way.
In reality, the way to allow an illicit drug market to flourish is by not having regulations in place. You don’t see people selling a lot of bootleg liquor on the street corners do you? What about illegal cigarettes that someone grew the tobacco for and hand-rolled? That’s because the production and sale of alcohol and tobacco is tightly regulated, and consumers know that what they are buying will be what the package says that it is.
Cannabis is real medicine
There is no doubt that the next generation of sheriffs and police chiefs will understand the fact that cannabis is real medicine for real people. We have come too far to turn our backs on the many (seemingly) miraculous accounts of how marijuana was able to help someone treat severe or life-long medical conditions, and the next generation of law enforcement will evolve to accept this fact. But for the here-and-now we must push forward knowing that there is serious opposition to this evolution, and the only way to combat that opposition is through education. Educate yourself so that you may educate others. There are no small number of websites dedicated to giving you that knowledge for free (this one included), and if you or a loved one have used or are thinking about using medical marijuana then you owe it to yourself and your family to know as much about this subject as you can.
We — everyone who is alive right now and are involved with or are using this medicine — are the medical marijuana pioneers, and the faster we educate everyone else the faster we will be able to move on from this costly, deadly war on a plant. A plant that grows in the ground.
Additional Resources & Links
- Ga. law enforcement hesitant over medical marijuana growth (Macon Telegraph)
- Head of GA Drug & Narcotic Agency thinks we should reschedule cannabis (Atlanta Progressive News)
- Georgia’s black caucus wants more diversity on medical marijuana panel
- 44 medical studies that demonstrate cannabis can treat cancer (Southern Cannabis)
- Granny Storm Crow’s List January 2015 Edition — Arguably the most comprehensive list of links to cannabinoid research available
- Granny Storm Crow’s List 2010-2015 (6mb PDF)
- Granny Storm Crow’s List 2000-2009 (5mb PDF)
- Granny Storm Crow’s List: The Endocannabinoid System (6mb PDF)