ATLANTA (AP) — Medical marijuana would be legalized in Georgia for patients with certain medical illnesses under legislation given initial approval by state lawmakers.
The House of Representatives voted 171-4 on Monday to approve the proposal ahead of an important legislative deadline. It now heads to the state Senate.
Republican state Rep. Allen Peake's bill would revive a long-dormant program allowing academic institutions to distribute medical cannabis to those suffering from medical conditions. The cannabis oil would be administered orally in a liquid, pill or as an injection.
Peake says it will help children who suffer hundreds of seizures daily.
Only a handful of lawmakers voted against the bill. Rep. Sharon Cooper supported it but warned the system may prove unworkable given conflicts with federal law.