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One Tuesday afternoon in March 2015, President Barack Obama visited the Atlanta landmark Manuel’s Tavern. Decades prior, President Jimmy Carter announced his first gubernatorial campaign in the same spot, and President Bill Clinton reportedly stopped by in 1992.
Nearly 6 months after President Obama’s visit, I drove an hour to Manuel’s to attend my first meeting of Peachtree NORML, Georgia’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Despite Manuel’s reputation as a favorite spot for famous Democrats, Peachtree NORML meetings have historically attracted a diverse crowd of…