Georgia: Dead Man Leads Police To $12 Million Marijuana Stash


By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Police were led to a $12 million marijuana stash in Gwinnett County, Georgia Monday by a dead man.

Gwinnett County police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said officers responded to a 911 call that reported "a man slumped over near a white van" at a storage yard near Norcross. The man was dead, apparently from natural causes. He was later identified as 31-year-old Connecticut resident Johnny Taylor.

Officers "looking around the scene for signs of foul play" soon "noticed a very faint smell of suspected marijuana coming from inside the van." K9s called to the scene didn't detect anything, but a box inside the van was eventually opened — and a large amount of marijuana was discovered inside, sealed in bags.

Similar boxes were found inside the tractor-trailer.

"After a search warrant was obtained," Pihera said in a news release, "several hundred pounds of marijuana were seized. The street value is approximately $12 million." An exact number was not released, but Pihera said more than 500 pounds of pot were recovered.

Police said there were no sign of trauma to Taylor's body and believe he died of natural causes. Security footage shows him pulling up in the van around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, just minutes after another man pulled up in the tractor trailor and left in a gold Toyota Camry.

Georgia: State Senator Proposes Full Marijuana Legalization


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A Democratic state senator from Gwinnett County not only pre-filed a broader version of medical marijuana than has previously been considered by the Georgia Legislature -- he also pre-filed a constitutional amendment to legalize and regulate sales of cannabis, using the tax proceeds to fund education and transportation.

Senate Bill 7, the medical marijuana bill filed by Sen. Curt Thompson of Norcross would allow doctors to authorize up to two ounces to patients with medical conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's, reports Dave Williams at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This is in contrast to legislation pre-filed last week by state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), which would be restricted to legalizing cannabis CBD oil for treatment of seizure disorders in children and adults.

A bill pushed by Peake during this year's General Assembly that would have opened the door to CBD oil only died on the final day of the legislative session.

"While I adamantly support cannabis oil treatments for children with severe medical problems, I believe physicians should have the ability to care for all of their patients, regardless of age," Sen. Thompson said in a prepared statement.

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