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Ga. representative hopeful lawmakers will consider medical marijuana for terminal illness

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ATLANTA — A Georgia state representative says lawmakers may pass a medical marijuana bill next year for people with certain terminal illnesses.

But Republican Rep. Allen Peake of Macon says he doubts that will extend to people with chronic pain. The Macon Telegraph reports that a study committee on the issue began work Wednesday by discussing what other states allow (http://bit.ly/1mTUIzt).

Witnesses included a regulator who worked in Colorado as that state expanded access to medical marijuana.

Peake introduced a bill during the last legislative session to allow children with seizure disorders to use cannabis-derived medicines, but it ultimately stalled. He says the committee meetings are a chance to examine details.

The study committee plans to meet again in September and is scheduled to publish recommendations before the end of the year.


Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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