Georgia’s Senate has voted 54 to 1 to approve a bill that would allow for the use of cannabis extracts in the treatment of epilepsy. The bill is a far more restrictive version of a measure approved by Georgia’s House of Representatives last month with an 158 to 2 vote.
The sole no vote on the Senate bill, Senator Curth Thomson, calls the measure “virtually worthless” as it only allows for the possession and use of low-THC cannabis oil, and doesn’t authorize anyone but those with epilepsy to consume the medicine. Thompson has recently filed both a broader medical cannabis bill, and a bill to legalize cannabis for recreational use.
The bill approved by Georgia’s House would also only allow cannabis oil to be used medically, and not the whole plant, though those with additional conditions – such as cancer and multiple sclerosis – would be able to become qualified patients, authorized to possess and use cannabis medicine.
The House bill has been sent to the Senate, and the Senate bill has been sent to the House. Lawmakers will need to reconcile the differences before a proposal is sent to Governor Nathan Deal for consideration.