Atlanta Forward: Quality of Life

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, a worker cultivates a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web inside a greenhouse, in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain an extract made from Charlotte’s Web, which is believed by some to help with seizures, but it's unclear how and when they'll procure it. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, a worker cultivates a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web inside a greenhouse, in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain an extract made from Charlotte’s Web, which is believed by some to help with seizures, but it's unclear how and when they'll procure it. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Credit: Brennan Linsley

Credit: Brennan Linsley


Today’s moderator: Tom Sabulis

A 20-year veteran of the AJC, Tom Sabulis has covered news, politics and the arts during a career that has taken him to newspapers across the country. Since 2008, he has coordinated many of the newspaper’s pro/con debates and first-person guest columns.

One of the stranger turns of the recent legislative session found lawmakers holding hostage and suddenly defeating an immensely popular "medical marijuana" bill. The bill's sponsor writes today about the positives of allowing cannabis oil to treat children with seizures, and hopes Gov. Nathan Deal might find a way to help through executive action. In our second column, the mother of a young girl who would benefit from cannabis oil  criticizes the political process she holds responsible for denying relief to her child and others.