A state House panel Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that would permit medical marijuana to be grown and used in Georgia for treatment of patients with cancer, glaucoma and seizure disorders under tightly controlled restrictions. The Health and Human Services Committee’s passage of the high-profile legislation paves the way for the full House to vote on the bill.
The sponsor of a medical marijuana bill said Monday after a three-hour legislative hearing that the proposal must get significant revisions before it can move forward in the Georgia General Assembly. But state Rep. Allen Peake’s efforts drew support from the vast majority of people who packed the hearing room.
Inside the Capitol Tuesday, the Senate gave first reading to a bill that would create a study committee on the issue of legalizing medical marijuana in Georgia. Outside of the capitol, dozens of people were pushing for even more reform, lined up on the steps to show support for legalizing marijuana use in Georgia. 36-year–old John Palmour of Canton says he suffers from Behcet’s disease, an autoimmune disorder and currently buys marijuana on the black market.
Bibb County's Attorney, Virgil Adams, has requested the Department of Justice render a decision about the consolidated Macon/Bibb County elections by Monday. Lawmakers passed local legislation during the 2013 session to change the area’s elections from partisan to non-partisan as voters elect their first consolidated government.
A state lawmaker says elections for Macon-Bibb County's consolidated government will likely be held in November after the Department of Justice halted a non-partisan election scheduled for mid-July. Republican state Rep. Allen Peake, of Macon, called the federal action a delay tactic Wednesday.
Democrats are again crying foul over a tweak to local election procedure in Macon and Bibb County, after the Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill in the final hours of their 2013 session concerning the eligibility of candidates running for seats in the soon-to-be consolidated city-county government.