As California Legalizes Weed, 60 Arrested at Party in Georgia for Less Than an Ounce

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Cartersville, Georgia — As millions of Californians celebrate the legalization of cannabis — albeit with staggering tax rates — much of the country remains mired in the punitive ramifications of marijuana prohibition. At a party in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, on December 31, 60 young people were reportedly arrested over less than an ounce of marijuana.

A 21st birthday party in Cartersville, located 40 miles outside Atlanta, attracted police when officers received a call of “shots fired.” When they arrived at the party, they allegedly found what amounted to less than an ounce of cannabis. “In excess of 60 individuals” were charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana — a misdemeanor offense. Authorities say everyone at the party was arrested, noting that “all the subjects at the residence were placed under arrest for the possession of the suspected marijuana which was within everyone’s reach or control.”

The majority of people arrested were males between the ages of 19 and 25, and a “drug investigation” is now underway.

“We just want our babies; they aren’t telling us anything,” said Monesha Fezzia, a parent of one of the arrested partygoers, the day after the bust.

“If that’s the case charge them, let them make their bond, have our kids and we will have our day in court. This process is being dragged out for too long,” she said.

As of Tuesday morning, a young male with her last name who was charged with the less-than-one-ounce misdemeanor was released from the Bartow County Jail. So was a female sharing the same name and charge, though she was released just before midnight on Monday.

According to a press release from the Bartow County-Cartersville Drug Task Force, officers found “marijuana individually packaged, and several smoking devices throughout most of the first-floor rooms.” They also claim to have found “individually packaged suspected cocaine and cocaine related paraphernalia were also located upon initial contact with multiple subjects,” as well as several firearms, one of which was reportedly stolen. They did not indicate charges over the firearms, instead noting all suspects placed under arrest were charged with possession of the plant.

An image published along with the press release shows just how small the amounts of drugs actually were and does not mention any injuries from the reported “shots fired.”

Local authorities have long pursued cannabis. In 2013, a police helicopter, heavily armed police, and a K–9 unit raided a retired citizen’s home over okra plants, which they confused with cannabis. Though Atlanta’s mayor signed legislation decriminalize cannabis (while keeping it illegal) in October, the new policy is limited strictly to the city.

Arrests over cannabis continue to occur around the country. In 2016, more people were arrested for cannabis than for murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery put together.

Though voters in many states are rejecting federal prohibition, it very much remains in effect for millions of Americans who live in areas that still violently restrict the use of the increasingly popular plant.

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  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Time for the parents to literally, physically, hold the cops’ feet over a fire until they beg for death.
    Then, oblige them.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    35% tax on weed? Sooo, it is more than obvious that ‘cannabis is harmful and e-ville’, but only if the local PTSB aren’t getting THEIR ‘cut’. And it would seem Georgia pot laws are as stupidly arbitrary and draconian (sorry, Rev!) as Idahodia’s……

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      In 2010, Cali tax slaves voted against Cannabis legalization. . . In certain parts of the state, those same paste-eaters voted in favor of extra taxes on the cannabusinesses they just voted to remain prohibited.

      I blame the lowering of educational standards to favor Criminal Trespassers.

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        Compelling point. But, I thought they were lead paint-eaters…..

      • Wally

        California is a failed state. The laws there now are totally insane.

    • Wally

      35% is right. I live in Washington State and up until the state shut down all the medical shops, medical patients didn’t pay the 35%. Now, in large part due to the recreational shops whining that they couldn’t compete, all shops are rec shops and medical patients are screwed.

      The heavy hand of the state always has to have their cut. It was the same as when they shut down all the cheap tobacco sales on the indian rez here.
      You used to could buy cigarettes for ten bucks a carton, because of no tax on the rez. Nope. Can’t be having that. So now, everyone gets crewed. And I don’t even smoke.

  • Jeri Brace

    we all know as long as Big Pharma & the Alcohol industry OWN congress Marijuana will remain illegal on the federal level. People just need to get their Shit together and vote for the plant to be legalized in their state just like Colorado & now California.
    Alcohol is the evil narcotic that sends people to their Graves, not Cannabis.

    • jimmy joe

      When in the hell has voting ever helped!!

      • Jimmy Yost

        Yeah, just like Stalin said (with a grin on his face when he said it):
        “It’s not who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes that counts.”

    • Wally

      Alcohol is bad, but really, why is the state involved at all? The point is that the very idea that a plant is illegal or even legal is absurd. It is a plant FFS.
      And voting doesn’t do anything.

  • John C Carleton

    Ever since the pedophile yankees burned Atalanta, installed their occupation government, having fun in Georgia been against the law.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Hey, what happened to the story link from Daily Mail about the 67 yr. old woman that beat blood cancer with curcumin? I KNOW it was here, and I even commented on it at DM’s comments section….

  • Uncle Sham

    you left out the part about them having ILLEGAL GUNS in addition to the weed

    why would you leave that out? you are worse than CNN

  • Daniel Platten

    The police are clearly assholes. Today, tomorrow and forever.

  • Smarty

    Awesome job ASS-HATS !! Since this arrest, I feel a whole lot safer. But why wasn’t anyone tazed or shot ? Isn’t that standard protocol now ?? No pets died either ?? Are you sure this isn’t fake news ??

  • Bill L

    Let me guess, having and using pot is illegal in Georgia. They don’t call it dope for no reason. Go to where it’s legal.