A prominent Georgia politician has announced that he supports a new bill that would clear the way for the in-state growth and sale of medical cannabis.
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston made clear that he supports the bill that has been pre-filed by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon).
Rep. Peake –who last year led a successful push in the state legislature to legalize adult patients or the parents of child patients to possess cannabis concentrate in the form of oil– has modeled his bill after a similar law in Minnesota, which he has dubbed the strictest in the country. Under his current proposal, a minimum of two and a maximum of six in-state manufacturers would be allowed to produce the oil. A tracking system would be devised to monitor the oil from cultivation and production through to retail sale.
The bill would also greatly expand the numbers of conditions that would enable patients to qualify for the medical cannabis program. Georgia’s current law includes those suffering from epilepsy and seizure disorders, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, and if the new law is approved, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Tourette’s syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease would also qualify.
“I took careful consideration when drafting this legislation to fully address the concerns that have been expressed by Governor Deal and Georgia’s law enforcement community,”
Rep. Peake has stated.
“I am optimistic that the details of this bill will satisfy those concerns.”
Rep. Peake appears to be on the side of prevailing public opinion: A recent poll conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that seventy-two percent of Georgians believe the state should pave the way for a system under which medical cannabis could be harvested and distributed.