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Georgia voters asked if marijuana should be legal for adults 21 and older

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WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - Across the nation more than twenty states have laws for marijuana, either for medical purposes or to lesson the penalties for those in possession of it. In two states, Washington and Colorado, it is completely legal to use marijuana for recreational purposes.

"We all oppose any legalized marijuana for recreational use," Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood says speaking on behalf of other sheriffs across the state. 

In Georgia less than an ounce of cannabis can get you up to one year in prison, anything more than that and you could spend up to 10 years behind bars. So one question on the Democratic ballot in Tuesday's primary election is gaining a lot of attention; should Georgia legalize thepossessionn of less than an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older?

"We looked at what was going on in Georgia legislatively. Well we've already got a medical marijuana thing going on at this time," says Cheryl Phipps, the second vice chair for the Whitfield County Democratic Party.

"Lets go a little further and we talked about different levels of decriminalization. Finally we just said lets go all the way," Phipps explains.

While the majority of people Channel 3 spoke to don't think it's a bad idea Phipps says the ones who actually head to the polls may feel differently.

"I think that that's a factor and that was one of the things we were looking for was to create a little more buzz to get people to come out and vote," Phipps says.

She admits legalizing marijuana for recreational use may not happen in Georgia for some time if at all but at least, by the end of this primary election, it'll get people talking.

"One would hope that we could spur enough interest in the idea that our jails and prisons are full of people who have been incarcerated for very small amounts of recreational use of marijuana and that that's a problem," Phipps says.

Thenon bindingg question is part of a straw poll to gage what citizens think. The polls open in Georgia at 7a.m. Tuesday. 
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