Georgia’s Marijuana Bill Gutted, Activists Not Happy

Georgia’s Marijuana Bill Gutted, Activists Not Happy

Advocates of medical marijuana in Georgia are extremely angry with State Rep. Allen Peake after his office sent out a press release announcing that he would completely scrap his proposed medical marijuana marijuana bill, HB 1, following a meeting with Governor Nathan Deal.

The original HB 1 proposal that Peak was committed to introducing established a medical marijuana program similar to that of Colorado’s. There were to be licensed doctors, cultivation facilities, and dispensaries. That is no longer the case.

During Peake’s conversations with Governor it became clear that he was not prepared to allow the bill to move forward.

“I have been in intense conversations with the Governor over the last several days about HB 1, and I view today’s progress as a huge step in the right direction,”

Rep. Peake said in his release.

What is left of the bill includes a provision that promises immunity to people who are found possessing CBD oil with THC content at 5% or less.

This puts Georgians in a very tough spot. They are not able to acquire the product legally in their home state, but they are able to possess it.

Therefore, most residents will have to transport the product through illegal means – most likely purchasing in Colorado and transporting it across country or sending through the mail. Both of those options potentially risk prosecution, but Peake downplayed the transport risk for Georgia residents citing the federal ruling made in December halting raids and funding on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Beyond the fact that it’s illegal to take any form of cannabis outside the state lines of Colorado, all common routes from Colorado to Georgia go through states where there is no active medical marijuana legislation.

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not risking transporting ANY form of cannabis outside the legal jurisdiction where I acquired it. The friendly officers in the states on the map above may not be too kind if they find CBD oil in a Georgia family’s vehicle.

Furthermore, in the event a family was detained, would Georgia officials come to the rescue? Are their provisions in the bill for this?

Peake’s press releases cites the “Creation of a council whose sole charge will be to examine the future establishment of a regulatory model for an in-state growth and distribution infrastructure in Georgia. The committee is charged with providing its recommendations to the General Assembly by December 31, 2015.”

“Putting a very positive spin on something very bad… I’m not sure what we can do. Frankly, we’re stunned – I’m stunned.”

Stated James Bell of Georgia CARE, a medical marijuana advocacy group.

It is clear that the committee appointed to providing future regulations for medical marijuana in Georgia has their work cut out for them.

Photo Credit: WMAZ

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