Law enforcement weighs in on medical marijuana debate

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Law enforcement from across the state is weighing in on the medical marijuana debate.

Members from law enforcement agencies shared their concerns with state lawmakers Wednesday at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville. Law enforcement officials say they want to do what is best for the children of Georgia, but they do have some concerns if the state legalizes medical marijuana.

As of now, it looks like the bill would include making, processing, and distributing the drug in state and law enforcement is worried about securing these sites. It also wants to make sure the state has an effective distribution model so there won’t be dispensaries all across Georgia.

The bill would only legalize an oil form of medical marijuana that is low in THC and the patient can’t get high from it. It would also be for patients with specific medical conditions.

But law enforcement is concerned that this could lead to legal recreational marijuana use. State Representative Allen Peake says that won’t happen.

“I will fight that with every bit of my ability in me and I’ll fight a path that takes us down a medical marijuana for a headache,” Peake said. “We do not want to go down that direction and I don’t think you’ll see that is the will of this legislature.”

Peake says lawmakers got good feedback from the law enforcement community during this meeting. He adds the committee will use this feedback to craft a bill that is safe, effective, and timely for citizens.

Lawmakers are meeting again next month to hear from medial officials on the drug.