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HB 231: Controlled substances; Schedules I, II, IV and V; change certain provisions

Voted on Thursday February 16, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

I voted NO on HB 231, which adds additional synthetic opiates, synthetic marijuana, and bath salts to the narcotics code section.

I voted NO because there have not been any deaths reported related to or caused by naturally-grown marijuana in the state of Georgia, so I did not feel comfortable voting for this legislation addressing synthetic marijuana knowing that if Georgia decriminalized marijuana, people would stop turning to the deadly synthetic forms.
We should instead be focusing on expanding cannabis oil and its combinations to treat some conditions and then look to decriminalization.

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John Pezold's Vote

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 164 91.1% Majority Vote
Nay 2 1.1%
Did not vote 7 3.9%
Excused 7 3.9%