Georgia House Passes Marijuana Bill

Julia Fechter

The Georgia House of Representatives passed a controversial bill legalizing medical marijuana on March 25. Sponsored by Representative Allen Peake, this bill will legalize the use of medical marijuana for treating seizure disorders, sickle cell anemia, cancer, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. 

There can only be up to five percent THC in the cannabis oil used to treat Georgia residents dealing with these illnesses. The bill also allows children in addition to adults to be treated with cannabis oil, provided they have one of the aforementioned diseases.

With the passage of this bill, families that had to go to Colorado to secure medical marijuana for their loved ones will not have to make the cross-country trek for the cannabis oil. Governor Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill into law by the end of April.