Georgia’s House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee has unanimously passed House Bill 1, the Haleigh’s Hope Act, which would legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts.
Under the proposed law – sponsored by Representative Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon – the possession and use up to 20 ounces of low-THC (no more than 5%) cannabis extracts would be legalized for those with certain medical conditions who receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying conditions would include seizure disorders, Lou Gehrig’s disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, mitochondrial disease and Crohn’s Disease.
Representative Peake estimates that there are over 500,000 people in Georgia with medical conditions that would qualify them to use medical cannabis extracts if his proposal becomes law.
House Bill 1 has been placed in the House Rules Committee.