Further proving that no one is safe while the legislature is in session, GA House Bill 847 would criminalize transportation of hemp for ordinary Georgians simply for being a green leafy substance.

The bill allows for up to a year in jail or a $1000 fine for anyone caught with this harmless, non-psychoactive plant. Hemp is not a controlled substance, cannot get people high, is legal in Georgia, and has many medicinal and industrial uses.

Always ready with some lame excuse when trying to increase the power of government, the bureaucrats, politicians, and other cretins supporting this bill say it enables police to begin making low-level marijuana arrests again. It seems the past few months of not being able to harass people for having a plant is simply too much for them.

It is unacceptable for the state to lock people in jail and steal their livelihood over a wholly peaceful and victimless act. This is especially true when it comes to the insane war on drugs, which has been disproportionately waged against minority communities. We should be going the libertarian route of reducing the number of non-violent “crimes” on the books, not creating more ways to fine and jail people.