Georgia lawmakers to discuss medical marijuana bill
Little Haleigh Cox became the face of the medical marijuana debate in Georgia. (Photo by 11Alive)
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House voted on Monday to pass a controversial bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
House Bill 885, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), would allow doctors to prescribe cannabis oil to treat certain medical conditions.
The House passed the bill by a wide margin: 171-4. It now moves on the state Senate.
Supporters of the bill were ecstatic that the bill lives on.
"It's great to be a part of history right now," said Janea Cox. "I think we're all in shock right now. This gives us so much hope to keep pushing forward."
Cox hopes medical marijuana can ease the seizures her 4-year-old daughter Haleigh repeatedly suffers. In the meantime, Cox is moving Haleigh to Colorado to begin medical marijuana treatments there.
"We're moving March 13, and I'm going to lose my family to go to Colorado to save my daughter's life," Cox said. "And I want to be able to come home. If this bill passes and we can come back home, it would mean the world to us."
Kim Skriba's son, Ryan Smith, is 15, and, so far, no medicine has stopped his incapacitating seizures. She said she is hoping medical marijuana will.
"I can't guarantee that this will help my son," she said, "but I want the chance [for him] to try it."
Even if this bill becomes law, Georgia will still have no legal access to cannabis oil needed for the medicine. The state would have to convince the feds to allow shipments into Georgia.
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