“No one has approached the lieutenant governor or his staff about this proposal” on sudden cardiac arrest, Butler wrote in an emailed response to questions.
Clark said Cagle is taking retribution because two of Cagle's Republican rivals for governor, Clay Tippins and Sen. Michael Williams, criticized him during the press conference for blocking the medical marijuana legislation, House Bill 764.
The unrelated cardiac arrest measure, House Bill 743, would require coaches and students to learn the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest and remove students from the field when necessary.
The mother of a 19-year-old football player who died in August after collapsing on the field said she's sickened that the bill to prevent heart attacks is being held up.
“We’re talking about saving children’s lives,” said Michelle Wilson of Lawrenceville, the mother of Nick Blakely. “I’m so upset. What does cannabis oil have to do with this bill? It’s not fair.”
Instead of adding PTSD to the list of conditions treatable by medical marijuana, Cagle has said he supports forming a study committee to recommend how patients can safely access medical marijuana.
State Rep. Allen Peake, the Georgia Legislature’s strongest backer of medical marijuana, said petty political fights shouldn’t stop a good bill from becoming law.
“A bill that could save high school kids’ lives is going to die because he (Clark) spoke out,” said Peake, R-Macon, one of the most prominent Republican supporters of Tippins in the governor’s race.
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