Georgia marijuana bill out of committee, may be voted on this year


The Georgia Medical Marijuana Bill that was announced earlier this year is now out of committee and could be voted on this year.  House Bill 885 was cleared by the Georgia House Health and Human Services Committee. This bill originally called for importing cannabis oil to Georgia from states where it is legal, but doing so would violate federal law. The revisions in the bill will allow Georgia research universities to grow marijuana and extract the oil. The oil is used to treat a wide variety of ailments from cancer, some forms of autism, and aid in pain management and seizure prevention.

Now that the bill is out of committee, it can move to the next step and, if approved, be brought to a vote. The bill has moved more quickly than expected with very little objection. However, this does not mean that residents of Georgia will be able to light up a joint yet. Recreational use of marijuana is still illegal and many lawmakers have gone on record opposing recreational use.

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