ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Frustrated families who support the legalization of medical marijuana rallied Tuesday in Atlanta.
Most of them are concerned about the constant revisions to the bill, like the governor’s plan to postpone growing and distributing cannabis oil in-state.
41NBC spoke with Katie Crosby, who has used cannabis oil to deal with chronic pain, and she believes its effects have saved her life.
“It’s very hard for me. I mean even taking a shower can be hard for me and I count it a success every day that I have the energy to,” Crosby said.
After the rally, several supporters filled a House committee meeting room.
Lawmakers heard from state Representative Allen Peake (R-District 141), who introduced HB 1, as well as those who have concerns about the bill.
Peake says it would help bring families, who he calls “medical refugees,” back to the state.
“If people want to get high all they’ve got to do is go to any street corner in any city in our state and get what they want. That’s not what we are proposing. We are proposing cannabis oil, low in THC, so that you can’t get high off of it for people with debilitating medical conditions,” he said.
Some state agencies are concerned about the revised bill, saying it covers a broader scope of age and ailments.
It also includes a longer list of qualified medical conditions for people who would be eligible to receive cannabis oil.
Peake says he expects the House committee to make a decision on the bill Monday.