The Georgia Senate has passed a medical marijuana bill that establishes a five-year study involving people under 18 with seizure disorders.
The bill by Republican Sen. Lindsey Tippins of Marietta was approved in a 54-1 vote Friday after a debate that lasted more than an hour.
Georgia lawmakers face a key deadline for bills to maintain a shot at becoming law this year.
A Senate rule requires that bills pass their originating chamber by the 30th day of the legislative session, which is Friday.
When Emelin was 13, she asked the mayor of her rural Guatemalan town to find ways to help girls stay in school and get better health care. He laughed out loud. "You are wasting my time; you should go home," he told Emelin and her friend Elba, who had come with her.
Pro-government forces in Iraq are making progress in the push to take back the city of Tikrit from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. Iraqi officials say the focus is now on the city's center, and that advances were still being slowed by bombs and booby traps.