Though medical marijuana is now legal in nearly half of U.S. states, and while marijuana can be used for recreational use in four states plus the District of Columbia, Georgia lawmakers appear hesitant to follow suit.
Instead, the General Assembly is likely to follow in the path of several other states, including a large swath of the South, that have legalized a limited form of cannabis for a limited number of patients. And no one will be getting high off the drug.
State lawmakers are considering allowing the use of cannabis oil — which contains anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety cannibidiols but is free of THC, the psychoactive ingredient that gets people high — to treat children with seizure disorders.
Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, served on the Joint Study Committee on Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions this past year and recently told The Times he fully expects a bill legalizing cannabis oil to pass in the 2015 legislative session.
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