Legislation that would bring medical marijuana to Georgia for the first time gained committee approval late Wednesday.
A major change was made to the bill that should help clear a key hurdle. Originally, Peake’s plan was to import a type of cannabis oil from Colorado that could be used to treat only certain seizure disorders. But federal law bans transporting the material between states.
The version of the bill approved Wednesday would allow the state’s five research universities to cultivate cannabis to harvest the oil, which has proven successful in helping patients who suffer from seizures.
The vote Wednesday was important as Monday is the last day for bills to move from one chamber to the other.
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