This Monday, the House passed HB 885 authorizing use of cannabis oil for limited use in treatment of children with seizures. Rep Allen Peake moved the bill through the House, which ultimately passed 171-4.
One of the issues that still needs to be worked out is how the marijuana plants and/or seeds will be procured, and how the substance will be distributed. With that, Rep Peake is back with some answers, courtesy of Maggie Lee of the Macon Telegraph.
The federal barriers between Georgians and an epilepsy medicine made from cannabis are so insurmountable that the Macon representative who is championing the cause plans to propose licensing nonprofit dispensaries in Georgia.
“I’m going to provide that as an option to include in our next draft of the bill,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, if a Senate committee hears his House Bill 885 by a key legislative deadline Wednesday.
Peake won nearly universal House support for his original bill, which said that Georgia’s medical research universities could grow a type of cannabis that’s high in cannabidiol, or CBD, and make liquid epilepsy medicine from it. Such CBD-rich liquids are nonhallucinogenic and are already used in Britain and Colorado to treat children who have intractable, severe epilepsy disorders.
But he and other bill supporters admitted that they do not have a clear path for getting Georgians something the federal government says is forbidden.