AUGUSTA, GA – In September, Elizabeth Wilsey of South Augusta became one the nation’s most unusual casualties in the government’s war against marijuana and medical marijuana users.
According to news reports, 80-year-old Wilsey, a white-haired grandmother, was a medical patient who used marijuana for relief of severe migraine headaches. When Richmond County narcotics officers raided her home, they found approximately one-half pound of marijuana.
They charged her with possession with intent to distribute. She admitted selling it. Sources close to the case say the reason she had so much on hand was because her dealer was moving out of the city, so she stocked up, not knowing when she’d get more.
Yet, to our knowledge, she had no firearms on the premises. Wilsey had no prior criminal record. That helps explain her relatively light sentence of five years probation.
However, in light of the increasing number of states that have passed compassionate-use laws for medical patients, in light of polls showing that 75 percent of Americans believe there is a place for medical marijuana, the Wilsey case raises the question: Why are we using our law-enforcement resources on medical marijuana users?
Joshua McCracken writes a lengthy piece that is appearing on the front page on newssstands all over Augusta. Joshua tells NORML:
The good news is that today, in a city where the subject is relatively taboo, people all over town are talking about medical marijuana as we speak and that’s exactly what I intended to happen. The story ran front page and is available in print at news stands in gas stations and at various other locations all over Augusta. I hope this’ll help to light a fire under some asses in the local government. GA needs compassionate use laws badly and it seems like we’re a ways off from that. You know, it’s amazing. We seem like we’re in a different world over here compared to places like SoCal.
The bad news is that other than the University of Georgia, I’ve got no NORML Chapter to represent the message of reform in Georgia. Help me help you, Georgia! If you want to start a Georgia NORML Chapter, send me an email with the subject Chapter Request to firstname.lastname@example.org!