Medical marijuana bill finds new life

ATLANTA — A bill that would expand medical marijuana access in Georgia gained new life, Tuesday, at the state Capitol.

House bill 722 was all but dead when it stalled in a Senate committee on Monday. However, the bill was resurrected Tuesday when supporters attached its language to an old Senate bill.

The bill would open up cannabis oil to a larger group of patients by adding six conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, to the list of allowed illnesses and diseases in the current law.  It also would specify no punishment for companies willing to ship it into Georgia. Earlier in the legislative session, language allowing in-state cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes was removed from the bill in a House committee.

The amended bill could go to a vote in the House as soon as Wednesday. If passed, it would then go to the Senate for a vote.

A war of words has erupted between the lawmaker accused of originally killing the bill and parents fighting desperately for its passage.

State Sen. Renee Unterman, the chairman of the Health and Human Services Committtee, said Monday that the bill wouldn’t see a full Senate vote.

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