Description – Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Marijuana
SB 105 would modify the Georgia Code to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. It says that anyone caught with under two ounces of marijuana is guilty of a misdemeanor. If the amount is a half ounce or less, the punishment is a fine that maxes out at $300. If it’s more than a half ounce, but less than two ounces, the law remains the same for what is currently the punishment for having less than one ounce, 12 months in jail or a fine of $1,000 or less, or up to 12 months of community service. The rest of the punishments remain the same except that the next level up is two ounces or more for a felony.
It also clears up some jurisdiction questions regarding the trying of cases related to marijuana possession.
While the libertarian answer is to legalize all drugs as the state has no business regulating what individuals put in their own bodies, this is clearly a step in the right direction. Moving the limit from one ounce to two ounces for a misdemeanor will help many from becoming felons. It will also help to keep people out of jail for holding even a smaller amount.
This is a good step towards changing minds and ending prohibition. So called “Progressives” have gotten as far as they have by inching their feet over the line little by little. Libertarians can do the same. By chipping away at immoral laws bit by bit, we can move towards a more free society.