Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Slice 8/28/14: Committee now SERIOUSLY considering medical marijuana law

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Taking their sweet time, the Joint Study Committee on Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions now appears to be seriously considering a medical marijuana law for Georgia as well as a law that would allow the cultivation of marijuana in Georgia for medical purposes. The focus of the talks revolves around allowing Georgians access to cannabis oil used to treat seizure disorders.

Mayor Kasim Reed continues to defend the high dollar payouts to top city officials. Reed maintains that the compensation was legal and did not violate city code. But, according to Reed, the practice of trading in unused vacation, sick or compensatory time for cash raised fairness issues among other city employees. “We acknowledge this was an error,” Reed said. “We’ve said we’re not going to continue the practice going forward.”

A plain clothes GSU police officer was allegedly stabbed in the back by a man with an 8-inch butcher knife yesterday near Woodruff Park. An APD officer that was close to the scene immediately responded. The suspect was shot in the lower torso. Both the wounded officer and the suspect are currently recovering at Grady.

Tahreem Zeus Rana, an Atlanta police officer, is the top suspect in the death of 26-year-old Vernicia Woodard. The victim's body was found by a Hapeville city worker. The body had been set on fire in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence. Still on the loose, Rana is considered armed and dangerous.

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