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Georgia Governor Backs Medical Marijuana Trials

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News
April 10, 2014, 6:45pm

By KATHLEEN FOODY

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state and Georgia Regents University will work to help children with seizure disorders get access to a form of medical marijuana.

Deal announced two separate efforts on Thursday to pursue clinical trials on cannabis oil to help Georgia children who suffer from seizure disorders. Deal says neither option will mean quick relief, but could push federal officials toward faster approval of the trials.

Georgia and Alabama are among 11 states where lawmakers considered limited medical marijuana programs this year. Georgia lawmakers ultimately failed to pass a bill, despite pressure from families of children suffering from seizures.

There is little scientific research on cannabis oil. Proponents say the product, available legally in Colorado, has helped children there.


News Release: Associated Press News
March 12, 2014, 9pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia state Senate committee has passed a bill that would legalize limited use of medicinal marijuana.

The bill's language was tweaked to provide immunity to Georgians found in possession of cannabis oil the bill's sponsor is looking to legalize to treat certain illnesses like seizures. The proposed law would require users to obtain multiple clearances before being legally allowed to use the oil.

Although the oil is harvested from marijuana, it doesn't get users high.

Senate Health and Human Services Chairwoman Renee Unterman, a Buford Republican, attached legislation to the bill requiring insurers to cover behavioral therapy for Georgia children 6 and under who have been diagnosed with autism.

The marijuana bill has already been approved in the house and is expected to be presented to the full Senate.


Associated Press News Release
Updated: March 3, 2014, 6pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- Medical marijuana would be legalized in Georgia for patients with certain medical illnesses under legislation given initial approval by state lawmakers.

The House of Representatives voted 171-4 on Monday to approve the proposal ahead of an important legislative deadline. It now heads to the state Senate.

Republican state Rep. Allen Peake's bill would revive a long-dormant program allowing academic institutions to distribute medical cannabis to those suffering from medical conditions. The cannabis oil would be administered orally in a liquid, pill or as an injection.

Peake says it will help children who suffer hundreds of seizures daily.

Only a handful of lawmakers voted against the bill. Rep. Sharon Cooper supported it but warned the system may prove unworkable given conflicts with federal law.


Associated Press News Release
By RAY HENRY

ATLANTA (AP) -- Medical marijuana would be legalized in Georgia for patients with certain medical illnesses under legislation set for a vote in the state Legislature.

Lawmakers face an important deadline Monday in the General Assembly.

Under legislative rules, any bill that is not approved by at least one chamber in the General Assembly is unlikely to become law this year. There are some exceptions.

Senior Republicans are planning a vote on state Rep. Allen Peake's proposal to revive a long-dormant research program allowing academic institutions to distribute medical cannabis to those suffering from medical conditions. The cannabis oil would be administered orally in a liquid form.

Peake has said the cannabis oil is low in THC, the active ingredient that produces the marijuana high.


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