Georgia Senate committee passes bill to legalize medical marijuana

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, March 13, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia state Senate committee has passed a bill that would legalize limited use of medicinal marijuana.

The bill's language was tweaked to provide immunity to Georgians found in possession of cannabis oil the bill's sponsor is looking to legalize to treat certain illnesses like seizures. The proposed law would require users to obtain multiple clearances before being legally allowed to use the oil.

Although the oil is harvested from marijuana, it doesn't get users high.

Senate Health and Human Services Chairwoman Renee Unterman, a Buford Republican, attached legislation to the bill requiring insurers to cover behavioral therapy for Georgia children 6 and under who have been diagnosed with autism.

The marijuana bill has already been approved in the house and is expected to be presented to the full Senate.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)


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