North Georgia sheriffs speak against legalizing cannabis, hemp production for medical use

On Monday, seven local sheriffs held a news conference, speaking out against a popular new bill in Georgia.

(L-R) Gordon Co. Sheriff Mitch Raulston, Dade Co. Sheriff Ray Cross, Murray Co. Sheriff Gary Langford, Catoosa Co. Sheriff from Catoosa, Walker Co. Sheriff Steve Wilson, Chattooga Co. Sheriff Mark Schrader, Whitfield Co. Sheriff Scott Chitwood. (Image: WTVC)

Seven local sheriffs are sharing their opposing input on a popular new House Bill in Georgia.

HB 324 would legalize the cultivation and harvesting of cannabis and hemp products to produce a low-THC oil for medical use.

On Monday, sheriffs from Catoosa, Walker, Whitfield, Dade, Chattooga, Murray and Gordon Counties held a news conference.

The sheriffs are concerned with who would regulate it. They are also concerned about funding, and worry the bill is getting rushed through.

"We feel that this is a danger to our society and our communities," said Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk, "We feel the bill the way it is written have far too many questions to bring about."

"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," the sheriffs said in a signed statement after the conference. You can read the full statement in the gallery above.

The bill passed a state House committee on Friday. State lawmakers will vote on it later this week.

You can read HB 324 below:

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