North Georgia sheriffs concerned about proposed bill allowing THC oil sales
Georgia lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow the growing of cannabis and selling of THC oil in the state.
But several sheriffs throughout the state are against this bill, saying it could lead to the legalization of marijuana.
Georgia Representative Colton Moore is one of many Georgia lawmakers in favor of passing a bill, allowing THC oil to be created and distributed in the state.
He says this bill is for medicinal use only.
"You would have to get a prescription from a doctor. And you could only go to one of these medical oil places with a prescription and access it,” Moore said.
Seven North Georgia sheriffs gathered to voice their concerns about the bill.
They signed a petition against the bill, saying this could be a stepping stone to even bigger problems.
"It's a stepping stone. And we just feel like the next step, the third step will be the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. And we have much concern over that,” Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said.
Moore believes law enforcement misunderstands the bill and other representatives agree.
Representative Kasey Carpenter sent a statement saying, "This bill is not to promote the use of marijuana in any other manner. I feel confident that the majority of citizens will feel good about the safety measures and the intent of this legislation.”
Carissa Webb says this bill could save lives.
Channel 3 spoke with Webb last April about how her son was using the product to treat symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome.
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It’s one of the ten medical conditions covered by the bill.
"My son started taking it when he was a sophomore in high school, and it absolutely changed his life. People need to realize that this is something that helps a lot of people,” Webb said.
They were supposed to vote on the bill Monday, but due to opposition and a last minute change to the language of the bill, they will vote on the measure on Tuesday.
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