Medical Marijuana: Authorization of Dispensaries

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.

This wasn’t an easy bill to get this far, and there are still severe hurdles to overcome.  Namely, Senator Unterman who is holding the bill in the Senate until she gets some Senate bills in the House.  Feel free to comment on the optics of using sick kids to get your bills passed below.
In the mean time, note that Representative Peake is still working to make this bill workable.  


  1. xdog says:

    Would it be too simple to get the stuff from somewhere weed sales are legal, say Colorado? Contract for the special qualities they need. I don’t suppose the supplier could mail it so send an official state emissary plus escort.

    • Charlie says:

      Still illegal to transport across state lines, and Colorado has a supply problem.

      There’s consideration to grow it here, but then there’s a question of where you legally buy the seeds.

      It sounds simple, and they’re trying to work through it, but there are many, many things that have to be worked out to make this happen. My observation is that most are trying to work through them in good faith.

      • xdog says:

        Colorado’s already growing the needed strain, and Florida and SC are considering similar bills. Seems like a situation where people of good will can make it happen, maybe on a regional basis. If it comes to it, solicit seeds from local growers.

        Do you happen to know how much money they figure to spend on this? I would think it would cost a few million every year for security, cultivation, processing, distribution, tracking.

  2. John Konop says:

    1) Senator Unterman said the below, WOW? People wonder why office holders do not poll well….Can we not stop the political BS for at least medicine for kids that cost the government nothing?

    …….”These parents don’t understand how the General Assembly works but this building is nothing but politics,” she added………

    2) If that was not strange enough she said this below:

    ……….”My main concern is that you are giving false hope,” Unterman told Geary. “I’ve had a lot of representatives come over here and say, ‘I voted for the bill for the families,’ but yet I know the bill does nothing.”……

    3) I guess Unterman knows more about medicine than Orrin Devinsky, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Director, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Member of Epilepsy Foundation National Board of Directors. Sen. Unterman, please tell us about you extensive medical background, and or the research you did on this topic? If you have no real research to back-up your claims, have you ever used google?


    ………..The Epilepsy Foundation supports the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician directed care, including medical marijuana. Nothing should stand in the way of patients gaining access to potentially life-saving treatment. If a patient and their healthcare professionals feel that the potential benefits of medical marijuana for uncontrolled epilepsy outweigh the risks, then families need to have that legal option now — not in five years or ten years. For people living with severe uncontrolled epilepsy, time is not on their side. This is a very important, difficult, and personal decision that should be made by a patient and family working with their healthcare team………

    • Raleigh says:

      Mr. Konop, this has nothing to do with kids, or logic, or doctor opinions and everything to do with politics.

      She also said,

      “”Well, always when we get to the last 10 days of the session there’s a lot of bills held hostage. I have worked on the autism bill and it has not had a hearing in the House,” Unterman said.

      Rule #1 In the State legislature politics trumps ALL.

      Rule #2 If you think something is more important that politics as usual See Rule #1

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