Two sides reach compromise on medical cannabis bill

[private]House and Senate sponsors of competing bills that would revise the state’s medical marijuana law have reached a compromise on the extent of the legislation.

Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), sponsor of the House version, wanted to add eight more medical ailments to the list of those that can legally treated with cannabis oil: Tourette’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer’s disease; human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), AIDS, and peripheral neuropathy.

Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah) wanted to reduce the legal level of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis oil, from 5 percent to 3 percent.

Under the compromise disclosed Thursday morning, the THC level will remain at 5 percent but only six medical conditions would be added to the official list: HIV and AIDS are the two diseases that will be deleted, Peake said.

“I hope it’ll be on the floor early next week for a vote,” Peake said.

© 2017 by The Georgia Report

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