Georgia’s Senate has given unanimous approval to House Bill 885, a proposal to legalize cannabis oil for medical purposes. The measure passed the state’s House of Representatives earlier this month with an 171 to 4 vote.
Under the bill, academic medical centers in the state would be permitted to produce low-THC cannabis oil, which they would be authorized to distribute to those with cancer, glaucoma and seizures. The measure would also provide protection from arrest for anyone in possession of cannabis oil that was obtained from another state, as long as they have a recommendation from a physician.
Advocates of the measure acknowledge that it doesn’t go far enough (the whole plant, not just low-THC cannabis oil, should be legal), it’s still a major step in the right direction, and will help thousands of people in the state.
The bill, sponsored by Representative Allen Peake and supported by the Medical Association of Georgia, now heads back to the House for one final vote, before going to the governor.