Georgia Medical Marijuana Bill To Get First Hearing

GEORGIA:  Legislation that would allow limited use of medicine derived from marijuana will get its first public hearing on Monday.

The House Health and Human Services Committee will hear testimony Monday on House Bill 885.

Sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, the bill would create a complex system that would ultimately allow patients who suffer from certain types of seizures access to cannabis oil that has shown to be effective in easing certain seizure disorders.

The bill has proven both controversial and emotional. Many of the patients who could benefit are young children. Peake, who calls himself an unlikely sponsor of the bill, became convinced there is an urgent need for the bill after meeting one young seizure sufferer in Macon.

Georgia, Tennessee Eye Different Paths To Legal Medical Marijuana

GEORGIA:  Some have dubbed 2014 as the year of marijuana legalization.

Voters in Colorado and Washington passed ballot initiatives that legalized the sale this year of recreational pot. A recent Gallup poll found for the first time that a clear majority of Americans — 58 percent — say marijuana should be legalized, and President Barack Obama was quoted this month in a New Yorker magazine article as saying, “I don’t think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol.”

Twenty states and the District of Columbia now allow medical marijuana, and about 10 other states have medical marijuana laws in the works — including Tennessee and Georgia. [Read more…]

Georgia, Tennessee Eye Different Paths To Legal Medical Marijuana

GEORGIA:  Some have dubbed 2014 as the year of marijuana legalization.

Voters in Colorado and Washington passed ballot initiatives that legalized the sale this year of recreational pot. A recent Gallup poll found for the first time that a clear majority of Americans — 58 percent — say marijuana should be legalized, and President Barack Obama was quoted this month in a New Yorker magazine article as saying, “I don’t think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol.”

Twenty states and the District of Columbia now allow medical marijuana, and about 10 other states have medical marijuana laws in the works — including Tennessee and Georgia. [Read more…]