GA House Candidate: Open Atheist, Calls for Pot Legalization
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/31/2012 in Marijuana Politics
Mike Smith just a few days ago qualified as a Democratic candidate for the District 69 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Smith isn’t like most of your typical candidates out there, especially considering he is running on a campaign of marijuana legalization.
Smith is 62 years old and lives in the Bible belt, which consists of much of the Southern United States and extends west into Texas and Oklahoma. Where’s the irony in all of this? Mike Smith is an out atheist. He’s the president of the LeGrange Humanists. They are a non-profit and educational organization that provides a community for humanists in the LaGrange, Georgia area. They address issues of interest to humanists, freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, rationalists, naturalists, secularists, and non-theists. Their major goals are preserving the separation between church and state and promoting individual freedom through educational activities, social events, and advocacy.
As for Smith’s atheist stance, when asked, “Why should the people of Georgia vote for an open atheist?” Mike Smith said, “I am interested in real freedom for the people in Georgia.”
This may be a first for the Georgia General Assembly, that’s for sure. Smith said if elected, he will propose a legislation to outlaw all lobbyist gifts to Georgia legislators, legalize marijuana and make the rich pair their fair share of taxes. Smith’s main goal is to bring a rational voice to the Georgia Legislature.
Smith said, “The failed war on drugs is the lynchpin of the Republican party’s Southern strategy, which was designed to trick white Southerners into voting against their own interests.” Mike Smith hopes that with the legalization of marijuana, he can increase tax revenue, close expensive for-profit prisons and facilities, and use the state’s savings to improve the education system for children across the state.
Mike Smith is a father of three children and has worked as a disability attorney in LaGrange, Georgia for the past thirty years. He received his Bachelors in History from LaGrange College, his JD and LLM degrees from Atlanta Law School and his Masters in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. He’s a Vietnam veteran and a former paratrooper, who is now highly opposed to all wars. Smith’s definition of war extends far beyond the field of battle and encompasses Republican wars against women, immigrants, homosexuals, blacks, freedom of speech and unions.