Georgia is joining the list of many states that plan to legalize marijuana in the next 2 years. A bill has been constructed and will be discussed Jan. 12th by the General Assembly. According to many sources including http://www.13wmaz.com.
There are changes to the proposed bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.
Its sponsor, State Representative Allen Peake, says after lengthy discussions with Governor Nathan Deal, the bill will no longer include a model to grow and distribute medical cannabis in the state.
“Ideally, I would have liked to see both the immunity language and the grow model in this bill but the fact that we are getting full immunity and protection from prosecution for possession for families to have access to cannabis oil is a huge win and it will allow Georgia families to come home,” Peake told 13WMAZ.
Peake says Deal was clear they needed further research into a better regulatory system before Deal would sign off on the bill.
“It’s not as fast as I would’ve liked, but we had to do something that would pass the Governor’s desk,” Peake said Saturday. ”
The bill includes full immunity for those who bring back medical cannabis legally obtained from other states.
Right now, Peake says there are 17 Georgia families, considered “medical refugees,” who have left their homes for states like Colorado, where medical marijuana is already legal.
13WMAZ has also been following the story of Katie Crosby, a Macon woman who suffers from chronic pain and fibroymyalgia.
She recently made the journey to Colorado to get treated with medical cannabis.
She sent 13WMAZ this statement: “I’m very saddened by the changes demanded by Governor Deal. He has lost even more trust in the people he governs by this decision. However I’m very thankful for Representative Peake’s conviction, compassion and fight to help many people in the state of Georgia.”
The bill will also require the forming of a commission, to study ways to grow and distribute medical marijuana in Georgia.
They’d have to submit their findings to the general assembly by the end of the year.
Peake says he hopes there will be a growing and distributing system in place by the end of 2016, a year later than he had originally planned.
The General Assembly will gather starting January 12.