Georgia Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Georgia’s General Assembly passed the legislation legalizing the use of marijuana derivatives to treat a set of specified diseases.  The medical marijuana bill passed Georgia’s House of Representatives 160-1.  It will now “allow adults as well as children access to cannabidiol for treatment of diseases in addition to seizure disorders: cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease, sickle cell anemia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.”

The need for a medical marijuana legislation in Georgia was highlighted by 17 families moving from Georgia to Colorado to get access to the cannabis medicine.

“House Bill 1 brings them all home,” Rep.Allen Peake, R-Macon, the bill’s chief sponsor, said shortly before Wednesday’s vote. “House Bill 1 provides relief from pain and hope for a lot of citizens in our state.”

The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who was an early backer of the legislation.

UPDATE: Today, March 27, 2015, Nathan Deal, Republican Gov. of Georgia, signed an executive order to prepare for legislation that would make Georgia the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

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