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Georgia Limited Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House 171-4

By Thomas H. Clarke March 4, 2014 Georgia Limited Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House 171-4
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ATLANTA, GA —  A bill that would allow for the use of CBD cannabis oil for children suffering epileptic seizures won overwhelming support Monday, passing a floor vote by the Georgia House 171-4.

Sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), the bill nearly met an early demise in the House Health and Human Services Committee last week when advocates and lawmakers warned the bill was unworkable because it did not allow for marijuana cultivation in the state.

Rep. Peake amended the bill to allow for Georgia’s medical research universities to grow marijuana, leading to a unanimous vote of approval by the committee.

House Bill 885, titled “Haleigh’s Hope Act,” is intended to allow marijuana as a medical treatment under a limited research program.

“Our bill would be the most restrictive medical marijuana bill in the nation,” says Rep. Peake.

“If we can offer the slightest rise, the slightest improvement in the quality of life for these children, these families, I think we’re doing the right thing,” said Rep. Nikki Randall (D-Macon), one of many Democrats who joined Republicans in bi-partisan support of the bill.

The limited medical marijuana bill, which only allows cannabis with high CBD to THC ratios, now heads to the Senate for consideration.

If passed by the Senate, the bill would revive a long-dormant research program allowing academic institutions to distribute cannabis oil to those suffering from specific medical conditions.

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  • mruppers

    As a Georgia resident I was happy to see this news but as we read into it further, people are jumping the gun saying that medical marijuana has been legalized in Georgia. Only allowing the use of CBD cannabis oil means they’ve selected only a very small sliver of cannabis’ medical uses for approval, ostensibly driven by the high profile medical case of the young lady suffering from epilepsy who needs cannabis oil treatment. They’ve done the right thing for her, and it was a positive step forward, but they’ve done about as little as possible and there remains much to be done.

    • http://www.twitter.com/dw0l a_u_burn

      I felt the exact same way after reading this. There’s a movement underway in Alabama right now that is essentially the exact same argument, they are trying to pass legislature to legalize CBD oil for a little girl with a severe epileptic condition. They’re calling it Carly’s Law I think? Either way, I’m pleasantly surprised to see that these bills are passing in conservative states.

  • Dusty Relic

    These bills are narrowly written and will help only a small number of people. The Georgia bill may end up helping nobody at all as there is no guarantee that schools will take the risk of growing cannabis in violation of federal law. Even if they do, the requirement for high CBD/low THC cannabis only means that many patients who benefit from THC (such as glaucoma patients and cancer patients for example) are left out in the cold. Rather than construct narrow legislation it would be better to craft broader and more inclusive legislation so that anyone can benefit from this medicine who needs it. In Pennsylvania there is draft legislation that does not restrict CBD/THC ratios and which allows it to be prescribed for any “medical condition or its treatment that is recognized by licensed medical authorities attending to a patient as being treatable with cannabis in a manner that is superior to treatment without cannabis.” This is the kind of language we should be insisting on.

  • CargoP

    I contacted Rep Peake to thank him for his actions, but at the same time encourage him to widen his understanding of its benefits. There are plenty of MS and PTSD soldiers here in GA that use it illegally today with great results – for shame they would be thrown in jail under today’s law. To take it one step further, there is absolutely no set of rules you can make which could say that alcohol and cigarettes are okay, but marijuana is not, when it comes to recreational use. Which one kills the most? Which one leads to the most domestic violence? Which one leads to the most addiction? There is no common sense in today’s law – and Peake seems content with that until driven to the point of seeing dying children and how it benefits them. Take off your blinders man, and get GA ahead of the curve for once!

  • bud smoker

    just go ahead and legalize it for gods sake
    and quit beating around the bush

  • bud smoker

    Free Mary Jane