Medical Cannabis Bill Revealed in Georgia

By Alizeh Siddiqui, Marijuana Policy Project

AUGUSTA, GAgeorgia — Georgia state lawmakers revealed what the state’s new medical marijuana bill will look like after last year’s proposed bill failed.

Medical marijuana grow houses and immunity from prosecution for the families of patients who legally obtain it from other states and bring it back to Georgia are two elements of the new medical marijuana bill that state lawmakers will debate in January.

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Georgia Homeowner Killed in Fruitless Drug Raid

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

A Georgia SWAT team shot and killed an armed homeowner duringcrimescene a September 24 drug raid sparked by the word of a self-confessed meth addict and burglar who had robbed the property the previous day.  No drugs were found. David Hooks, 59, becomes the 34th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to WMAZ TV 13, Laurens County sheriff’s deputies with the drug task force and special response team (SWAT team) conducted a no-knock search on Hooks’ home in East Dublin on the evening of the 24th. When the raiders burst through the back door of the residence, they encountered Hooks’ carrying a shotgun. Multiple deputies opened fire, shooting a killing Hooks.

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Police Raid Farmer After Mistaking Okra for Cannabis

In the war against cannabis, everyone can become a victim, including those doing nothing more than growing some okra.

An okra plant.
An okra plant.

Earlier this month a man in Cartersville, Georgia was awoken by an ominous helicopter flying lowly overhead.

“I was scared actually, at first, because I didn’t know what was happening,” says Dwayne Perry.

Seconds after noticing the helicopter, police with assault rifles and a K-9 unit swarmed the house.

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USDA Prevents Georgia from Implementing Food Stamp Drug Testing Law

A Georgia bill signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal in March which would require some food stamp recipientstest to undergo random drug testing is illegal and can’t be implemented according to a letter sent to the state by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Under the bill signed into law in March, a state worker would be authorized to require a food stamp recipient to take a random drug test if they have “a reasonable suspicion” that they consume illegal substances. Although other states have passed laws requiring drug testing for certain federal benefits, Georgia’s law is the first to allow random testing of food stamp recipients.

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Georgia Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Oil

Georgia’s Senate has given unanimous approval to House Bill 885, a proposal to legalize cannabis oil for medical purposesgeorgia. 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.

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Georgia Senate Committee Approves Medical Cannabis Bill With Unanimous Vote

Georgia’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee has given unanimous approval to House Bill 885, a proposal to legalize cannabis oil for medical purposes.

State Rep. Allen Peake, the bill's primary sponsor, holds up what a bottle of cannabis oil looks like.
State Rep. Allen Peake, the bill’s primary sponsor, holds up what a bottle of cannabis oil looks like.

The measure would offer “protection from prosecution for possession of cannabidiol oil”, says Republican Rep. Allen Peake, the bill’s primary sponsor.

The proposal, which passed the state’s House of Representatives earlier this month with an 171 to 4 vote, would permit academic medical centers in the state to produce low-THC cannabis oil, which they would be authorized to distribute to those with cancer, glaucoma and seizures.

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Georgia House Passes Medical Cannabis Bill

Georgia’s House overwhelmingly approved a medical cannabis legalization proposal this afternoon in an 171 to 4 vote.georgia

House Bill 885 would permit certain academic medical centers (defined as a research hospital that operates a doctor residency program) in the state to grow, process and distribute medical cannabis extracts for those with cancer, glaucoma and seizures.

The measure is also known as the “Haleigh’s Hope Act,” named after Haleigh Cox, a child who suffers from a medical conditions that causes frequent and severe seizures.

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Georgia House Committee Unanimously Approves Medical Cannabis Proposal

A proposal to allow for the medical use of cannabis for certain conditions has been approved unanimously through Georgia’s House Health and Human Services Committee after a long debate. cannatube

The proposal would revive a research program (approved decades ago) allowing certain academic institutions to distribute cannabis to patients suffering from specific medical conditions, namely cancer and glaucoma.

The bill would permit approved academic medical centers [defined as a research hospital that operates a doctor residency program and conducts research] in the state to grow, process and distribute medical cannabis.

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62% of Georgia Voters Support Cannabis Decriminalization, 54% Support Legalization

By Sabrina Fendrick, Director of NORML Women’s Outreach

A newly released poll found that over half of Georgia voters support a marijuana legalization policy similar to that of Colorado and Washington (54%), however that same report found that even largercannabis majority supports decriminalization.  62% of respondents believe that the state should remove criminal penalties for possession of less than one ounce of pot, and replace it with a $100 civil fine, without the possibility of jail time.  Only 32% were opposed.  Interestingly, 56% of seniors, and republicans respectively, were among that nearly two-thirds majority.

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Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy Busted for Selling Pounds of Cannabis to FBI Agent

A sheriff’s deputy in Newton County Georgia has been arrested for repeatedly selling pounds of cannabis to an undercover FBI agent. After being arrested, the officer admitted to selling between 10 and 15 pounds of cannabis a week out of his patrol car.newtoncounty

According to a federal report, deputy Darell Mathis bragged to the undercover agent that he didn’t worry about getting caught because he “drives safely and flashes his police credentials to get out of tickets if he is stopped”.

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