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Ga Appeals Court weighs in on qualifications of smelling weed

2/2/20--Last month, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued an opinion with regard to a case involving a juvenile that will undoubtedly set a precedent for trial courts in Georgia to weigh when an officer is qualified to distinguish the smell of marijuana. The Court determined that an officer “must testify as to his training and experience in marijuana odor detection for his observance of the smell of marijuana to constitute reasonable suspicion.” The state did not appeal the decision to the state’s high court within the necessary 10-day period. Read

GA lawmaker proposes more lenient regulations for marijuana possession

1/15/19--Democrat Senator Harold Jones of Augusta filed Senate Bill 10 to alter the criminality and punishment of misdemeanor marijuana possession in Georgia. Current state law sets possession of marijuana in the amount of “one ounce or less” as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to a year in jail. Jones’ proposal would increase the possession cap at two ounces, essentially doubling what encompasses a misdemeanor crime in Georgia. Read