Try voting for a change

A popular Coweta County middle school teacher resigned last week and was later charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

And the Internet has exploded.

Close to 20,000 people have read the two stories we’ve written about the issue on our website, with more than 200 comments. More than 55,000 – and the numbers keep growing – have seen it through our Facebook page and more than 275 have commented there.

Our reporters continue to follow the story, but here’s what we know for now: At some point on Oct. 17, officials with the Coweta County School Board were told of suspected marijuana use by Johnny Holloway. On Oct. 18, Holloway resigned as a teacher at Evans Middle School. Hours later, around 1 p.m., officers with the Newnan Police Department executed a search warrant and found less than an ounce of marijuana in Holloway’s house. Holloway was not home at the time.

The majority of comments say the same thing – that Holloway was a great teacher, that he instilled passion in those who took his chorus classes.

That he cared. Those same commenters also think it is stupid the police wasted time going after Holloway for marijuana. They raised the double-standard issue of teachers who pop prescription pills or get drunk. And the most frequent points were, Why should we care what someone does in the privacy of their own home? Why bother going after someone smoking a little grass? Don’t we have bigger issues and crimes to worry about?

The whole incident, based on opinion, was a theater of the absurd.

The legalization of marijuana is not the focus here. Rather, it is what exists now.

The police do not write the laws. They enforce them. They do not have the legal right to decide to let one crime go and not another. They are sworn to uphold all laws.

As of today, possession of marijuana in the state of Georgia is illegal. It is a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount.

Anyone can sit at a computer or hold their smartphone and comment about how dumb it is in this day and age that pot is illegal. That’s easy.

It takes a little effort – just a little, mind you – to actually do something, to make a change.

In this country, there are 206 million Americans eligible to vote. Of those, only 146 million have done so. In the last presidential election, only 131 million of those 146 million voted.

To put it another way, 72 million Americans either didn’t vote or didn’t even bother to register to do so.

If you think minor possession of marijuana should be legal, that this whole incident should never have happened, then do something. Two states already have legalized marijuana and many more are expected to follow.

So try this. Turn off your electronics. Register to vote. And then vote for those candidates who support your views.



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