ATLANTA -- A proposal from state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, will protect Georgians from state prosecution if they possess certain liquid medical cannabis legally obtained in another state.
It remains a federal offense to transport any marijuana products across state lines. The Georgia bill sponsor, Peake, downplayed the transport risk for Georgia families because of a provision of the federal budget signed in December. The so-called “Cromnibus” bill defunds federal law enforcement operations against medical marijuana operations that comply with state laws.
“Once the updated legislation is formally introduced and passed by both House and Senate chambers, decriminalization would be effective as soon as the governor signs House Bill 1 into law,” Peake said.
The Georgia decriminalization would apply only to liquid medicine that contains less than 5 percent of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. It also only would apply to sufferers from a certain list of diseases, yet to be finalized.
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The bill also would create a committee to study the future establishment of a regulatory model for in-state growing and distributing medical marijuana.
The draft of House Bill 1 earlier proposed in-state growing. Peake announced the change Friday evening.
The annual state legislative session begins Monday morning.