Two more medical marijuana proposals await Georgia lawmakers when they convene in Atlanta for their 2018 legislative session.
In the last three sessions, lawmakers enacted legislation that legalized medical marijuana for several illnesses. But it remains illegal to grow the plant in Georgia or to bring the medicine derived from it into Georgia from states where it’s legal.
State Rep. Allen Peake, a Macon Republican, lead the efforts to legalize medical marijuana use. But Peake was unable to get legislation approved that would’ve allowed growing and distributing it in Georgia.
Meanwhile, Peake jump started his effort to renew the medical marijuana fight by pre-filling two legislative pieces. Wednesday, November 15, was the first day to pre-fill legislation for the upcoming session.
One of Peake’s pre-files is a resolution proposing a constitutional amendment to allow growing and distributing medical marijuana in Georgia.
The other is a bill that would allow people prescribed medical marijuana to possess the drug. It would also allow higher educational institutions in Georgia to bid on growing and distribution operation.
Among other things, Section 1 of the proposed bill says, “it shall be