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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

 A state lawmaker introduced a bill that would make cannabis oil legal for medical use. Some South Georgia law enforcement officials are concerned how medical marijuana would be regulated if it became legal.

Legalizing medical marijuana is certainly not a new concept.  But a proposal at the state capitol focuses on giving cannabis oil to those with certain medical conditions. Cannabis oil, or liquid pot, contains THC, and Colonel Chris Owens with the Lee County Sheriff's Office says they haven't seen it here.

"I talked to some other drug commanders around they have not seen anything like that as of yet."     

A bill introduced Tuesday to the Georgia legislature could make cannabis oil legal for medical use. "You're basically seeing the THC is what you're seeing, that comes out of marijuana," said Republican Representative Allen Peake of Macon.

He is behind the legislation that would revive a long-dormant research program allowing academic institutions to distribute cannabis oil to those suffering from specific medical conditions.    

"It doesn't matter how you ingest it into the body, you're still getting the same effect from it.  So I still think we're going to have a problem with that because it still impairs the body in certain ways," said Owens.    

Peake says cannabis oil would be well-regulated and managed by doctors.  However, Owens says he would be concerned about regulations.  He says oil is more difficult to detect that a marijuana plant. 

"We're having so many problems in other areas, with things that are regulated like prescription drugs and things like that.  So I personally think and some of the people I've talked to, other drug commanders and everything, it's going to be very difficult to regulate medical marijuana."    

The bill drew more than 80 sponsors in the House, but many people, including Owens believe it will be an uphill battle to get it passed.  Representative Allen Peake says he was motivated to act after meeting with a young girl with a serious seizure disorder.

 

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