Georgia lawmakers to consider legalizing medical marijuana

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Saturday, Feb. 9, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- Gun owners in Georgia soon, you could be allowed to carry guns in churches and bars.

State lawmakers are also considering a medical marijuana bill for people with certain disorders.

They'll start debates on the Cannabis Bill Monday afternoon. We sat down with State. Rep. Wayne Howard who talked about which bill he's against.

"I don't know if it's the best move to put guns in the hands of teachers and administrators at a school," said State Rep. Wayne Howard.

Howard is talking about House Bill 875. It could allow teachers and administrators to carry in a school safety zone. The bill also gives bar owners and churches the power to allow guns on the inside of their establishment.

"But when you start talking about churches and stuff like that I don't lean in that direction. I'd like to hear more about it, but I don't lean in that direction," said Rep. Howard.

Lawmakers could vote on the gun bill as early as next week. Tomorrow hearings will start on Haleigh's law. It allows doctors to prescribe cannabis oil to treat those with seizures.

"When you hear the word medical marijuana you say, oh no I can't do that," he said.

House Bill 885 is receiving support from the Medical Association of Georgia, Children's Health Care of Atlanta and the Georgia Sheriff's Association. Rep. Howard says his mind changed a little after hearing what the marijuana oil did for a little girl who had dozens of seizures daily.

"Her seizures were reduced according to the mother, down to one a day or maybe none a day. Listening to that it makes you want to know about the other effects it may have," he said.

"I would like to hear from the public on the medical cannabis piece. Maybe if you would allow the public to chime in on your Facebook page," he said

We asked News 12 viewers to chime in on our Facebook page and more than half of the comments were in support of Haleigh's Law.

The testimony for and against Haleigh's Law starts Monday at 3 p.m. in Atlanta.

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