Georgia Lawmakers Offer Medical Marijuana Proposals

Members of a legislative study committee on medical marijuana met for the final time Wednesday in Atlanta, with some lining up behind different proposals that will arise again in the 2015 legislative session that begins in January.

Republican Rep. Allen Peake, who spearheaded last session’s failed effort to pass a bill aimed at helping children with seizure disorders, pre-filed a bill last month to allow limited use of medical cannabis in Georgia. Peake said he expects to have a draft bill by Christmas, or Jan. 12 at the latest.

He said the bill will allow some businesses to get a state license to grow and process marijuana to provide cannabis oil to people with certain medical conditions under tight regulations. Peake said he also wants to limit the amount of the tetrahydrocannabinol compound that makes users feel a high.

“We must act now,” Peake told committee members, after listing the names of children whose parents have lobbied for a medical marijuana law.

– Read the entire article at The Augusta Chronicle.