ATLANTA -- A Georgia House committee has gutted a bill that would have allowed in-state cultivation of medical marijuana. The cultivation provision of the bill was removed from the bill Monday in the face of stubborn opposition from Gov. Nathan Deal and state law enforcement.
Last year, the General Assembly passed a bill allowing the use of cannabis oil for the treatment of certain ailments – many of them related to childhood seizures. Gov. Deal signed that law after persistent lobbying by patients and their families.
The sponsor of that bill, Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), said the cultivation was the logical next step. Peake said he filed the follow-up bill this year because legal users of medical marijuana could need legally buy it nor import it from other states without violating federal law.
Monday, Peake said he was "disappointed" that the cultivation language was eliminated. He vowed to keep the issue alive in coming years.
The House Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee may pass the revised bill Wednesday.