House votes to expand medical cannabis use

[private]The Georgia House voted 152-8 Monday to pass legislation (HB 722) the would expand the use of medical cannabis oil in the state.

HB 722 adds six medical conditions to the list of ailments that can be legally treated with the medical marijuana derivative: autism, epidermolysis bullosa, AIDS, peripheral neuropathy, Tourette’s syndrome, terminal illness, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The bill does not legalize the cultivation of medical marijuana, which had been the original intent of Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon).

“Clearly, I didn’t make a strong enough case for cultivation of medical cannabis in our state,” Peake said. “You need to know that this issue is not going away.”

Peake added, “We haven’t hit a home run today with this legislation. But we have laid down a good sacrifice bunt and advanced the runner.”

The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

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