Legislation making it legal to possess medical marijuana in Georgia breezed through the state House on Wednesday, setting up a potential confrontation with the Senate.
House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, passed the House 157-2. The bill was first amended, however, to add sickle cell disease back into the list of disorders that could qualify a patient to use the drug. The amendment came after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that sickle cell had been deleted over the objections of many African-American lawmakers.
Qualified seizure disorders under the bill are cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, among others. [Read more at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution]