Peake originally introduced the bill as a way to allow Georgia manufacturers to grow and cultivate medical marijuana in-state under strict controls. That proposal, however, was opposed by the state's law enforcement community and the House narrowed the bill to an expansion of the list of qualifying medical conditions.
Lawmakers passed Georgia’s landmark legislation last year allowing Georgians to use a limited form of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of eight illnesses including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
Hundreds of families are now enrolled in the program, which went live in June when a new state registry began signing up patients. But while state law now makes it legal for those patients to have and use the drug, they must travel to other states to get it, which makes them vulnerable to criminal charges of drug possession in other states.