On Saturday afternoon, about 25 people gathered outside the Gold Dome to protest Georgia's anti-cannabis laws as part of the third annual Capitol Cannabis Reform Jam. The event, which was hosted by various local chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, aims to urge lawmakers to legalize marijuana and police to stop arresting people who use the drug for medical purposes.
"This isn't about smoking [marijuana], it's about not arresting people [for using marijuana]," said Georgia Project 420's Tim Trout, one of the event's organizers. The afternoon featured speakers such as longtime local pot activist Paul Cornwell, Jon Herman of Georgia NORML, and a performance by Force of Habit.
One attendee, Sam Hood, told the crowd that none of the medications doctors prescribed him during his battle against cancer six years ago to help battle nausea and appetite loss worked as well as marijuana.
Most of the protesters stood in matching black shirts that read "no victim no crime" and featured a marijuana leaf with the American flag inside of it. Some protesters brought their children. One passerby wanted to know why there was a screamo band playing outside of the Capitol on an otherwise pleasant Saturday afternoon. Some motorists waved or honked at the signs being held on the side of the road as they drove by. Others just slowed down and laughed.
People wearing t-shirts that said, "High as Fuck" were ordered to remove their shirts by Capitol Police. CL's waiting to hear why.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m. The Georgia Capitol Police's public information officer tells CL via email: "The supervisor at the rally observed the shirts and out of concern for the children that were present discussed his concerns with the rally organizer. The organizer then asked the four people to cover their shirts while participating in their rally. Capitol Police did not approach the people wearing the shirts."
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