December 2017 Newsletter

19-Year-Old Markets Marijuana-laced Snacks in Metro Schools

“This dude set everything up as a business, targeting high school kids.”
– A Fulton County School Parent

Addea Simmons, 19-year-old baker, marketer, and seller, living with his parents, used a Trill Treats Instagram page to market THC-laced edibles for $100. Personal delivery is $5 more.
Simmons uses his Instagram page to ask students for their high school name, and receives notes such as this, “You need more people selling at Westlake. One person keep (sic) selling out in the morning.” To that he replied, “I have two more people up there beside the one girl.”

Last summer a group of metro teenagers attended a Sweet 16 birthday sleepover at a Cobb County hotel. Parents in the next room served as chaperons. A parent reported that, after midnight, one of the girls began hallucinating “having little fits,” kind of scratching herself. Paramedics said the 16-year-old was having seizures and rushed her to the emergency room, where she recovered.

The kids had ordered $100 worth of pot-infused snacks online from Trill Treats and had them delivered directly to the hotel. One of the parents said, “They had 10 of these containers and there wasn’t a morsel left.”

After alerting law enforcement about their plan, a member of the FOX 5 I-Team became a Trill Treats Instagram follower and placed an order to be delivered to them in a Douglasville shopping center parking lot. Simmons made the delivery and explained, “I started in high school doing this. So, when I graduated people knew about it and I kept people selling for me.”

The FOX I-Team bought 12 homemade brownies from Simmons and took them to Salvus Labs that brought in Clinical Lab Consulting. Reportedly, the brownies were laced with high-potency THC, at least three times the accepted dosage in pot-legal states like Colorado.

Result: Two months later, Douglasville police and Fulton County police conducted their own sting, since Simmons lives in Fairburn. Simmons is now in jail, held without bond and faces three felony counts in Douglas County and two in Fulton County, where he’s charged with two counts of selling a Schedule 1 controlled substance containing pure THC. Fulton County seized boxes of baking items and over a dozen crock pots from the family residence.

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November 2017 Newsletter

Confederate Monument Bills Prefiled for 2018 Session

“During the period which begins on November 15 of each calendar year and ends on the Friday before the second Monday in January of the following calendar year, bills and resolutions considered for introduction in the General Assembly may be prefiled with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House as authorized in this Code section.”
– O.C.G.A. 28-1-17, Prefiling Law, 1994

At this writing, one Senate bill and three House bills have been prefiled for the next session of the Georgia General Assembly, which convenes January 8, 2018. Although prefiled bills receive permanent identification numbers, they must be officially introduced during the session. Then, they are assigned to committees for appropriate action. Two of those prefiled bills alter current laws that protect Georgia’s Confederate monuments and memorials.

Prefiled Legislation, Confederate Monuments, State Symbols

S.B. 302, Public Monuments, prefiled by Senator Elena Parent on November 15th, and H.B. 650, State Symbols, prefiled November 15th by Representative Mary Margaret Oliver, change current law as follows: (a) A state or local governmental agency or department that owns a monument, plaque, marker, or memorial, may not remove, alter, or conceal it from display until a resolution is adopted to authorize the change. (b) Also, if a private entity owns a monument, plaque, marker, or memorial that’s located on public property, the public property owner may remove such object from display and return it to the private owner. A lawsuit may be filed by any person or entity that suffers injury or damages as a result of violations.

ACTION – Contact your senator and representative in the Georgia General Assembly to comment on this issue.

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October 2017 Newsletter

Women in Combat Deemed “Job Opportunities”

“They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers, and everything else that was previously open only to men.” –Department of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, April 2016

Although Marine Corps officials asked former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to keep women out of positions such as infantry, machine gunner, and fire support, the request was denied. Mr. Carter declared that the rule placing women in combat would “apply without exception.”

Background. The Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 excluded women from combat. In 2012, during the Obama administration, Pentagon policies were changed to allow women to serve in 14,000 military positions formerly restricted to men, leaving 238,000 men-only positions. Soon, women were admitted to Navy submarines and the Army Ranger School which graduated three women in 2015 – two in August and a third several weeks later.

Also in 2012, three years after a group of servicewomen sued the Pentagon, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced a subsequent rule, that “just happened” to come two months after the suit was filed, and “just happened” to allow women to serve in combat.

By January 24, 2013 the Combat Exclusion Policy was lifted, as recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in that Administration. To avoid the term “women in combat,” the Pentagon ordered all services to admit women into all jobs by January 2016. Also that date was the deadline for all military services to change to gender-neutral physical tests and adopt a policy that requires men and women (without exception) to serve in front line combat and complete combat operations. Therefore, front-line combat positions became co-ed and mandatory.

Under current military policy, both men and women deemed fit for combat are eligible for assignment to front line combat positions, the Pentagon calls “job opportunities” for women.

In April 2016 the U.S. Army announced the first 22 women to become infantry and amour second lieutenants in charge of units of 40 troops. Also in April 2016, of the 29 women who tried to complete the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, all 29 of them failed.

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October 6, 2017 Radio Commentary

Two Study Committees: Homelessness and Growing Marijuana

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 6, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

You may be interested to know that our state senators will be formally studying homelessness in Georgia as authorized by S.R. 352 that passed last session with only two dissenting votes. The 15-member committee includes two appointees of the governor, three senators appointed by the Lt. Governor and ten state agency commissioners.

To learn how much homelessness costs the state, the committee will require input from three of those agencies – the Departments of Human Services, Community Health, and Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Their discussions will include the many factors that may contribute to homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, a shortage of supportive housing and family wage jobs, domestic violence, high debt, substance abuse, mental illness, access to affordable healthcare, and release of individuals from institutions. Continue reading