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Dougherty Co. Sheriff agrees with Association's stance on marijuana

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said he agrees with the Georgia Sheriffs' Association position on marijuana and medical cannabis, discussed at last week's conference of the state's sheriffs.

The Sheriffs' Association opposes the legalization of marijuana for social, recreational or industrial purposes.

Sheriff Sproul says he hasn't seen any research showing that kind of legalization would improve community safety.

"How [would] that would reduce my jail population. How [would] that would reduce crime.  Because as Sheriff I'm always looking for ways to keep people out of jail, that don't need to be there, such as our mental health population," Sproul said.

The Georgia Sheriffs' Association says they support the use of chemicals from cannabis for medical use for certain well-defined serious health conditions.

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