Ga. lawmakers debate legalizing medical marijuana

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ATLANTA (AP) — Medical marijuana would be legalized in Georgia for patients with certain medical illnesses under legislation set for a vote in the state Legislature.

Lawmakers face an important deadline Monday in the General Assembly.

Under legislative rules, any bill that is not approved by at least one chamber in the General Assembly is unlikely to become law this year. There are some exceptions.

Senior Republicans are planning a vote on state Rep. Allen Peake's proposal to revive a long-dormant research program allowing academic institutions to distribute medical cannabis to those suffering from medical conditions. The cannabis oil would be administered orally in a liquid form.

Peake has said the cannabis oil is low in THC, the active ingredient that produces the marijuana high.

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