Medical marijuana, fireworks bills pass Georgia House
ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia House of Representatives passed the medical marijuana and fireworks bill Monday. Representatives were scheduled to vote on the casino gambling proposal as well, but it was moved to the next legislative day.
The House passed State Representative Allen Peake’s proposal to expand Georgia medical marijuana law with a vote of 152-8. Last week, a the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee removed Peake’s model for growing the drug in the state. Committee members also added to the list of conditions that can use medical cannabis to treat their symptoms.
Representatives also passed House Bill 727 into the Senate. The bill is commonly known as the “fireworks bill.” It would limit the hours people are allowed to shoot fireworks off on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, July 3rd and July 4th. Macon-Bibb Commissioner Mallory Jones sent a letter to Georgia lawmakers earlier this month showing his support for this change.
The Georgia House didn’t vote on the casino gambling resolution. House Resolution 807 would have allowed a few casino resorts to open in the state. State Representative Rusty Kidd wanted to put the money the resorts make toward rural hospitals.
Monday was Crossover Day which means these bills needed to pass the House and go into the Senate for review. It’s the last day bills can transfer between chambers with enough time to be considered for a full floor vote before Sine Die, the last day of the legislative session.