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.
“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.