Northwest Georgia sheriffs voice concern over medical marijuana bill

CATTOSA COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — Sheriffs in northwest Georgia are worried about a bill that would allow the production and sale of low potency medical marijuana oil.

Sheriff’s from seven northwest Georgia Counties gathered together on Monday to voice their concerns over house bill 324.

The bill would allow the producing and dispensing of low THC oil. Patients who already can possess low-potency marijuana oil would legally be able to access the product.

“The Sheriffs have long supported the use of low THC oil for children with severe seizure disorders, but not the expansion to include other medical conditions. Since the introduction of the first bill for the use of low THC our legislators have continued to add to the list of conditions and now seek to allow cultivating and harvesting cannabis and hemp products for use in producing low THC oil,” said Sheriff Gary Sisk, with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

“Sadly enough for every child that may have a seizure and their parents are concerned with their medical condition as we are, we can also produce you probably twice as many parents, sadly enough, that have lost children due to overdose that started with marijuana use,” said Sheriff Scott Chitwood, with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

They say the bill isn’t clear enough.

“But what other products they may be able to produce? Or what is not spelled out in the bill? Again another question that is of concern,” Sheriff Sisk said.

The sheriff’s here want lawmakers to take more time with this piece of legislation.

“We just feel like it is being very rushed through. Very very quickly and there is a lot of unanswered questions that we in law enforcement have as well as the general public,” Sheriff Chitwood said.

We reached out to the sponsor of the bill for comment and have not heard back yet.

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