Cannabis oil bill a missed opportunity

As we assess what the Georgia General Assembly accomplished in its now-concluded 40-day session, one key bill that didn’t get passed was a missed opportunity to help many in our state: The push to expand availability of a cannabis oil derivative for those who endure seizure disorders.

The bill would have allowed for the medicine’s carefully monitored manufacture and distribution to make it available to those who now must break the law to acquire it. It also would have expanded the number of diseases the oil is approved to treat.

A law passed last year was an important first step in decriminalizing possession of the drug, but only for eight specific afflictions. It’s still hard to acquire and limited in who can have it.

In fact, the bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Allen Peake of Macon, has himself admitted breaking the law by transporting cannabis oil across state lines for families who need it.

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