JEFFERSONVILLE, GA. - When Georgia authorities found out that smoking
marijuana was ridding 15-year-old David Ray of seizures that had plagued
him through childhood, the consequences were swift and severe.
His mother and stepfather - Suzeanna and Matthew Brill - were arrested
and jailed for six days. David, no longer able to medicate with pot,
was hospitalized for a week after suffering what his mother called
"the worst seizure of his life." He was then discharged to strangers
and sent to a Division of Family and Children Services group home
after his parents were stripped of custody - another example of "how
the war on drugs breaks up families," said Lauren Deal, Suzeanna
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Teachers at Northwest High School near Dalton, Ga. first became
concerned when their colleague, 28-year-old cheer coach and English
teacher Raquel Spencer, seemed to have trouble carrying on a coherent
conversation, according to the Times Free Press.
Alarmed by her "unusual behavior," she was escorted to an office and
consented to a search of her belongings, Whitfield County Schools
spokesperson Eric Beavers told the Dalton Daily-Citizen.
That's when the school resource officer found heroin in her
belongings, the paper reported.
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More Georgia voters than ever support changing state law to allow
harvesting and distribution of medical marijuana, according to a poll
by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Over three-quarters of those surveyed said Georgia's medical marijuana
program should be expanded, an increase from previous years. This
year's AJC poll showed that 77 percent want greater access to medical
marijuana, compared with 71 percent last year and 73 percent in 2016.
Meanwhile, approval of marijuana legalization for recreational use
also reached new heights, with 50 percent of respondents backing
legalization, compared with 46 percent last year.
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