Cannabis oil bill passes Georgia House

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ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia House has overwhelmingly passed a bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders, sickle cell disease, Lou Gehrig's Disease and six other major health problems, including cancer.

Rep. Allen Peake of Macon says he added sickle cell disease by amendment to his House Bill 1 at the request of Democrat Rep. Stacy Abrams and other African-Americans, whom the disease predominantly affects.

The bill passed 157-2 and now goes to the Senate, where considerable opposition is expected.

Gov. Nathan Deal has said he supports the use of cannabis oil for treatment of seizure disorders but also that he would not have supported the original measure, which listed 17 medical conditions.

Peake says he thinks his bill will become law even though a cannabis oil bill failed last year.