Marijuana is now legal at some level in 33 states. In Georgia, 77 percent of those polled support medical marijuana and 50 percent support recreational marijuana. Accordingly, it is time we address at the federal level the decriminalization, legalization, and regulation of marijuana as a medicinal and recreational substance.
Our state and federal laws should not be in conflict. We are informed by a post-Prohibition legislative model of states and the federal government working together. For instance, we can provide federal market guidance to prevent abuses, ensure regulated access to the market for all adults and alleviate the impact of harsh and racially disparate criminal sentences for minor marijuana offenses.
— Teresa Tomlinson
AS A U.S. SENATOR, I WILL SUPPORT THE DECRIMINALIZATION, LEGALIZATION, AND REGULATION OF MARIJUANA AS FOLLOWS:
- I support removing marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act schedule, so it can be regulated, and taxed appropriately.
- I support regulating marijuana under the appropriate federal agency which can work with states to provide market and interstate commerce continuity, thereby preventing black markets, criminal law disparities, and other market anomalies or unintended effects.
- I support amending the IRS tax code and banking regulations to fully accommodate this new industry.
- I believe the federal government must address the decades of racial disparity and harsh criminal sentences for minor marijuana offenses through expungement and commutation programs.
- I support exploring how marijuana can expand Georgia’s agricultural economy and provide another cash crop opportunity for our farmers.
- I believe the federal government should ensure the participation of minority participants in any legalized marijuana market and help facilitate sources of start-up capital and other funding needed to make this participation a reality.