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Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis Cultivation Blocked in Georgia Senate

Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis Cultivation Blocked in Georgia Senate

Georgia State Senate Health and Human Services Chairwoman Renee Unterman has indicated that House Bill 722 will not be addressed during the current legislative session.

The bill would have expanded the state’s limited medical cannabis program to include several new qualifying conditions like HIV/AIDS, pidermolysis bullosa, PTSD, Tourette’s syndrome and autism.

Unterman believes the bill needs examined more closely in order to move forward.

“I met with some of the families and I’ve committed to continue working on it with them, and that’s what I told them,”

Unterman said.

Georgia passed medical marijuana laws in 2015. Since the state started accepting applications for the medical marijuana program in June, hundreds of families have enrolled. However, the legislation does not allow for the cultivation, sale or distribution of cannabis within the state, forcing patients to travel out of state to acquire cannabis medication. As several parents and state lawmaker have already publicly admitted to smuggling Colorado cannabis into Georgia, this puts already vulnerable patients at risk for federal prosecution.

State Representative Allen Peake originally sponsored the bill, which would have included provisions for growing cannabis, under strict regulation, within the state. It was ultimately opposed by law enforcement and removed from the bill.

“Hurting Georgia citizens are worth fighting for,”

said Peake. He plans to continue his efforts to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

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