State Rep. Allen Peake plans to pre-file legislation to extend the state’s medical marijuana law

ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – State Represenative Allen Peake tells 41NBC he plans to pre-file legislation next week to expand the state’s medical cannabis law.

The republican lawmaker from Macon says it includes allowing in-state growing of marijuana.  His idea is modeled after the one used in Minnesota, which limits the production of cannabis oil to two licensees.  It would also require a licensed pharmacist to be present each time the oil is distributed.

State Rep. Peake explains the bill would also add to the list of qualified medical conditions that can receive the oil for treatment.

Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis are against growing marijuana in the state.

The bill was signed into law this year.  Currently, people who suffer from eight medical conditions can legally use cannabis oil.  It includes cancer, ALS, seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s, and sickle cell.

Those patients must get approval from their doctor to use the oil, then get the required registry card.

The 2016 General Assembly session starts January 11th.

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