US GA: PUB LTE: Sheriffs Obstruct Meaningful Reform
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 24 Jul 2015 - I think it is appalling that state Rep. Alex Atwood views House Bill 233, the Georgia Uniform Civil Forfeiture Procedure Act, as the best Georgia's elected leadership can do for its citizens ("Civil forfeiture reform at last," Opinion, July 17). Is a uniform report that state agencies must complete really the only step forward? If so, that is pathetic. What Rep. Atwood's piece did not say was Georgia sheriffs are exempt from efforts to rein in their abuses. Since only state law enforcement agencies are bound by the new law, not sheriffs, the forced removal of personal property on the side of the road from the whim of a Georgia sheriff will continue. This is why the Georgia Sheriff's Association allowed this bill to pass while defeating all other bills that might have made a real difference. As a Georgia taxpaying citizen and past police officer, I view the Sheriff's Association as extremely bad actors and am truly disappointed no one at the Georgia Legislature could pass real reform.
US GA: Ex-Deputy Indicted After 'No-Knock' Raid Injures Child
Manteca Bulletin, 23 Jul 2015 - ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia deputy sheriff was indicted Wednesday on federal charges for her role in setting up a "no-knock" drug raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in his playpen. Former Habersham County Deputy Nikki Autry, 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of providing false information in a search warrant affidavit, Acting U. S. Attorney John Horn said. Autry also is charged with providing false information to obtain an arrest warrant.
US GA: Editorial: Local Meth Labs On Decline As Mexican Drugs
Rome News-Tribune, 12 Apr 2015 - It's good news and bad news for Rome and Floyd County in the battle to curb methamphetamine labs here. First, the good news: the efforts of law enforcement to find and destroy home-grown meth-cooking operations of significant size in this area have been very successful. That, combined with stricter regulation and monitoring of ingredients used by labs, has caused a decline in local meth production. Now users have gravitated to the "one pot cook method," says Barry McElroy, assistant commander of the Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force. This involves making a small quantity of meth in a soft drink bottle and then tossing the bottle away. In the past two years, McElroy's unit has been called to the sites of no more than two labs and they were not full-sized, active operations.
US GA: Medical Cannabis Bill Scores Key Victory by Clearing
Walker County Messenger, 25 Mar 2015 - Georgia's medical marijuana proposal took what its chief sponsor called "a giant leap" forward Thursday, March 19, by passing a Senate committee after a long, emotional hearing. A divided Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), after hearing testimony on issues ranging from medical treatment and patients' pain to drug addiction and a lack of research data.
US GA: Wrong House, Wrong Door, Wrong Guy
The Daily Citizen, 13 Mar 2015 - Wrong house, wrong door, wrong guy: Dalton police bust into wrong home while serving warrants A case of confusion while serving warrants has the Dalton Police Department apologizing for a mistake and in the market for a new door.
US GA: OPED: On Medical Marijuana
Rome News-Tribune, 08 Feb 2015 - It's disappointing that Georgia's sheriffs oppose a measure that could do much good for Georgians who suffer from chronic diseases like cancer and seizure disorders. Last week, the executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, J. Terry Norris, said members of the organization are concerned that a bill that would legalize cannabis oil for medical use in limited circumstances would expand. Mr. Norris told an Atlanta area TV station that the sheriffs didn't object to children getting the treatment. But adults apparently were another matter.
US GA: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Cultivation Should Be
LaGrange Daily News, 07 Feb 2015 - On Feb. 3, Hope United held a rally at the Liberty Plaza, Georgia State Capitol Building to raise awareness for the need of in-state cultivation of medical cannabis. Currently there is a bill being discussed - HB1 - that will give immunity for possessing cannabis oil in Georgia if you meet one or more of the 16 medical conditions listed in this bill. Additionally, there cannot be any more than 5 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component) - 3 percent for children under 18 - and must meet a minimum of 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD (cannadbidiol).
US GA: Shipping Proposal Outlined On Medical Cannabis
Walker County Messenger, 04 Feb 2015 - The legislator championing medical marijuana in Georgia said he hopes to announce an agreement soon with a manufacturer that aims to ship cannabis oil to residents in the state. That process would be facilitated if Georgia passes a bill to offer immunity from prosecution to those families using cannabis oil for medical purposes, said state Rep. Allen Peake, Republican from Macon.
US GA: Macon Legislator On Mission To Legalize Medical
The Gwinnett Daily Post, 16 Jan 2015 - Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes. Undaunted, Peake is back again with H.B. 1. He has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal (albeit with a few conditions) and House Speaker David Ralston. And with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showing 84 percent of Georgians favor passage of medical marijuana legislation, I suspect he has the Senate's attention, as well.