“Some may argue that this is not medicine,” Brass said. “But we had testimony of children having 80 to 100 seizures a day, but after taking the oil are having just one a week.”
No senator spoke against the bill Friday. But opponents of the bill have expressed concern that it’s another step toward legalizing recreational marijuana.
“There is no part of me that wants any steps toward recreational marijuana,” Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said after the vote.
Since 2015, Georgia patients suffering from certain illnesses have been able to legally use medical marijuana oil. More than 8,400 patients currently use the drug. But they have not been able to legally buy it in the state.
HB 324 would make Georgia the 31st state to allow some form of marijuana cultivation, according to a group that supports licensing marijuana growers, manufacturers and dispensaries.