This year, state lawmakers will consider an unprecedented seven marijuana-related bills, signaling a marked shift in priorities for a state long-considered to be among the nation’s most conservative.
One of the more bold proposals, Senate Bill 254 (or SB 254), would abolish felonies for certain marijuana possession cases. Sen. Harold Jones (D-Augusta) talked about his bill yesterday with reporters, and it got some press, but is unlikely to move very far through the legislature.
But a bill that’s making waves in a big way would open the door to legal cultivation and use in Georgia for patients. House Bill 722 (or HB 722), is Rep. Allen Peake’s (R-Macon) postscript to his 2015 legislation that legalized low THC marijuana oil for medical use but ultimately prevents cultivation and distribution. Last year’s bill was a tiny step forward but far from a solution for Georgia families.
Peake is seeking to allow a limited number local growers to produce cannabis for medical use in Georgia. His legislation already has support from more than 100 state lawmakers, but faces opposition from Gov. Nathan Deal.
Do you support this proposal?
Tell us your thoughts on in-state cultivation in this quick survey: Should Georgia allow medical marijuana cultivation?
Georgia’s lawmakers will take up this question Monday at 1 p.m.
Rep. Peake’s bill will have a committee hearing in room 406 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, across the street from the state Capitol.
The committee will only accept testimony from supporters of the legislation at this first hearing.
To sign up to give testimony, contact Andrea Postell at 404-656-5943 before 1 p.m. on Monday, January 25.