Georgia: Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Senate Committee
Legislation to allow those with a variety of medical conditions to possess and use cannabis extracts to treat their ailment has been approved by Georgia’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The measure has already been approved by the full House of Representatives, and a more restrictive bill passed the Senate with a 54 to 1 vote earlier this month.
House Bill 1, titled the Haleigh’s Hope Act, would legalize the possession and use of up to 20 ounces of cannabis extracts (such as tinctures and oils) for those with certain medical conditions – such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and epilepsy – who receive a recommendation from a physician, and subsequently register with the Department of Public Health. The cannabis extracts must contain no more than 5% THC.
According to Representative Peake, it’s estimated that over half a million people in Georgia could benefit from this law.
House Bill 1 now heads to the Senate, where its passage would send it to Governor Nathan Deal for consideration.