Georgia Lawmakers Press Forward On Medical Cannabis | Times Free Press

Allen Peake, R-Macon, speaks on behalf of his bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Georgia for patients with certain illnesses, in Atlanta in this March 3, 2014, file photo. Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press. ATLANTA While an effort to bring a form of medical marijuana to Georgia garnered bipartisan support during the most recent legislative session, hurdles remain as lawmakers prepare to make another attempt at passing the legislation next year. A bill is being drafted after a series of committee hearings and included testimony from leaders within the law enforcement and medical communities who raised concerns about the use of medical cannabis even under narrow circumstances. Meanwhile, progress is being made in terms of bringing clinical trials to Georgia, but advocates warn that will not be enough to help all those who see the drug as their best hope to manage debilitating conditions. “I don’t think any of us are opposed to finding out how effective it is or how it works, but let’s have compassionate use with it as well,” said Bob Kutchback, whose young granddaughter suffers from a rare disorder that causes severe seizures. Rep.
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