Medical Marijuana (Cannabis Oil) Bill Stalls In Georgia Legislature
By Associated Press
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Atlanta, GA -
A plan to create a medical marijuana (cannabis oil) program in Georgia has hit a political roadblock.
The Georgia Senate voted 54-0 on Thursday to allow people suffering from the side effects of cancer, glaucoma or seizures to take oil derived from cannabis in the hope it will ease their symptoms. Georgia House of Representatives lawmakers already voted overwhelmingly in support of the plan.
However, the Senate attached to the bill a requirement that insurance companies cover behavioral therapy for Georgia children 6 and under who have been diagnosed with autism. That's a nonstarter for senior House Republicans who are concerned about costs.
State Senator Renee Unterman says she expected the differences to be resolved in a conference committee later Thursday.
Any bill that does not pass by midnight Thursday fails for the year.