Tip sheet: A medicinal pot rally, and stray dogs

Tara High, vice president of the Atlanta Humane, holds Buttercup next to state Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Atlanta, at a 2015 press conference introducing legislationon the “official state dog” of Georgia. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

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Tara High, vice president of the Atlanta Humane, holds Buttercup next to state Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Atlanta, at a 2015 press conference introducing legislationon the “official state dog” of Georgia. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Credit: Jim Galloway

Credit: Jim Galloway

The House and Senate are back in session at 10 a.m. today after a four-day break. They're at the midpoint in the 40-day session, and Crossover Day, the do-or-die deadline for most bills, is fast approaching.

Advocates for HB 722, the medical marijuana bill, are planning a 3 p.m. rally in the Capitol's south wing. They're promising to deliver a petition signed by 12,000 people. The bill would allow limited marijuana growing for medical purposes and expand the list of illnesses for which the drug could be prescribed.

Dog lover alert: Georgia has a state song, a state bird and a favorite -- well, you can pretty much name it -- compliments of the General Assembly.

In the state House today, lawmakers will be asked to pass a bill naming a state dog. The measure doesn't pit one breed against another for the honor. The bill would make "the adoptable dog" the state dog.

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