Medical marijuana bill author sees victory on the horizon

The author of a plan to legalize the use of marijuana for a limited number of medical disorders said Friday that after more than a year victory is near.

Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, said that if the Senate passes his House Bill 1 as approved by a committee late Thursday, he will likely ask his House colleagues to accept those changes and send the bill to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk.

HB 1 was approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and must still go through the Senate Rules Committee before reaching the Senate floor.

Peake said he wants to see the “final version after amendments and everything reading as expected.”

If that final version maintains the compromise worked out Thursday, he said, he expects to ask the House to agree.

“That’s my plan and hope,” he said.

The Senate panel kept most of Peake’s proposal in tact. Instead of his plan to allow suffers of nine disorders to use medical cannabis, the Senate limits it to just eight, deleting fibromyalgia. The Senate bill also puts minor restrictions on the type and quality of the cannabis oil that would be allowed.

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