ATLANTA – Marijuana is a smoking hot topic at the Georgia State Capitol. A half dozen State Senators are behind a resolution to legalize recreational marijuana in Georgia.
State Senator Curt Thompson (D-Tucker) is the lead sponsor of a resolution that if passed by the legislature would let voters determine if recreational marijuana use should be legal for people 21 and over. He’s also sponsoring a bill that would allow for retail shops.
“A Colorado style system to allow retail sales of cannabis,” said Sen. Thompson.
Sen. Thompson said the tax revenue from the sale of marijuana could bring in big bucks for the state that would be designated to education and transportation infrastructure.
“You’re going to end up bringing in about 340 million dollars a year in extra tax revenue. That’s revenue that could restore the hope scholarship to its previous levels,” said Sen. Thompson.
Gwinnett County resident Norman Smith supports the idea.
“If we legalize it, people can go to the store and buy it and it takes it out of the hands of the dope dealers,” said