Georgia medical marijuana expansion backers tout support
ATLANTA (AP) – Supporters of expanding Georgia’s medical marijuana law say they have delivered a petition with 12,000 signatures supporting the change to Gov. Nathan Deal and other leaders.
Rep. Allen Peake, a Macon Republican, has proposed allowing state-licensed manufacturers of medical marijuana products to operate in the state. His bill would also expand the medical conditions eligible for the treatment in Georgia.
House Speaker David Ralston has said he supports Peake’s bill, but Deal has come out against such a system. Prosecutors and other law enforcement officials also remain opposed to any legal growth of marijuana in the state.
Lawmakers last year approved allowing people with certain medical conditions to legally possess cannabis oil in Georgia. Patients say they still must travel to states where the product can be manufactured.