Ga. officials meet for first medical marijuana session

Ga. officials meet for first medical marijuana session

State Representatives and Senators form the committee that plans to hold several discussion session on medical marijuana in Georgia.
ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- For the first time, committee members of the Peach State heartestimonies from presenters on medical marijuana, and why they feel it's worth considering as apossible treatment in Georgia.

The Georgia Medical Cannabis Study Committee met at the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon withsupporters, and several individuals who prepared presentations on the hot topic. 

State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) believes this moment gives senators and other representatives theopportunity to learn and gain more knowledge than they did before the bill he originally wrote failed topass in last year's session. 

"We've all realized that there is a need for medical cannabis oil in our state particularly when it comes to helping children with intractable seizure disorders," says Peake. 

Activist and founder of the Georgia Campaign for Access Reform and Education (Georgia C.A.R.E.) James Bell tells 41NBC it's important lawmakers understand it's important to include suffering adults when they re-write the bill. 

Christina Cusack, 30, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis-an illness that weakens parts of her body-at a young age. She tried cannabis oil before, and says it relieved her, but the treatment would be more helpful if she could use it within her own state.

"It's a fight. The other people that need it...they're sick," Cusack says, "We're all sick, but we're here because we know this will help us." 

The committee members include: Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), Sen. Dean Burke (R-Bainbridge), Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Tucker), Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna), Rep. Micah Gravley (D-Douglasville), and Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta).

Members plan to hold several other meetings throughout the year:
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Mercer University
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Georgia Gwinnett State College
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Georgia Regents University
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Georgia State Capitol 
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