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Georgia > Senate Approve Marijuana Bill

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Medical-MarijuanaATLANTA — A medical marijuana bill has passed the Senate.

By a vote of 54-1, the bill would exempt from prosecution parents who bring cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive marijuana derivative, into Georgia to treat their children suffering from epilepsy.

No other form of marijuana would be allowed for children or adults.  The recently passed House bill covers a wider range of diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s and Sickle Cell.

The lone No vote came from Senator Curt Thompson, a Democrat from Norcross, because he felt the measure too narrow.

Lawmakers will work toward a combined bill next week.  The House passed its version of the bill by a vote of 158-2 late last month.