Wednesday is key day for medical marijuana bill

mlee@macon.comFebruary 25, 2014 

ATLANTA -- With just two working days for a Macon lawmaker to move a bill on medical marijuana, a key committee has scheduled a meeting, but it’s not clear if lawmakers will hear the bill.

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, said he is hopeful and optimistic that his House Bill 885 will appear on the agenda for a Wednesday meeting of the House Health and Human Services Committee.

As of Tuesday night, the committee chair, state Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, had scheduled a meeting but not published her agenda.

The committee has held one hearing so far on Peake’s proposal, which would legalize access to a liquid medicine derived from cannabis to treat severe seizure disorders.

His bill has been opaque on how Georgians would access a substance that is illegal under federal law, but he is working on bill edits that might tap federally approved research cannabis.

The bill must be approved by committee, then win full House approval by the Legislature’s 30th working day, or it is dead for the year.

Working days 29 and 30 are Wednesday Feb. 26, and Monday, March 3, respectively,

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