You get to college and you're just excited. This is such a big step in your life. You sign that dorm rental agreement without even reading it, just wanting to meet your roommates and start exploring the campus.
The police arrest you and bring you in for questioning. They tell you that you have a right to remain silent, but you decide to answer some questions.
It can be intimidating to deal with the police. If they ask to search your home or apartment, you may think you have no choice but to say yes.
When police said they'd found drugs, you laughed it off. You knew you didn't have any illegal drugs in the house.
You're not just facing minor drug charges. Police are saying you intended to distribute the drugs. That could lead to a strict sentence.
The presidential Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is urging caution before making any major changes to marijuana policy. It also recommends working collaboratively with the Treasury Department to make banking easier for legal marijuana businesses.
The police must get a warrant to carry out an official search in an area where you have an expectation of privacy. With only a few exceptions such as if they think evidence is actively being destroyed, for example, they must have a warrant to search your home.
Georgia has made some progress in terms of marijuana policy in recent years. There is now a limited medical marijuana program which allows for the treatment of a few severe medical conditions with a very specific form of marijuana oil. Unfortunately, the form of marijuana oil permitted, oils with THC levels of less than 5 percent, may not be medically sufficient for those with intractable epilepsy or other serious conditions. Worse yet, those who make and sell marijuana extracts and concentrates face severe penalties, as do those who sell marijuana in its natural state for illegal recreational use in Georgia.