This week we look at the status of the marijuana related bills pending before the Georgia General Assembly. We are tracking five bills. Take a look. March 13th is Crossover Day - the last day for a bill to pass from one house to be considered in the other (House/Senate). Bills that do not crossover will be active for the 2016 legislative session.
Senate Bill 185 – Passed out of the Senate HHS Committee. This bill was offered as an alternative to HB-1. It limits cannabis medicine to under 18 patients with a state commission / clinical trials. Georgia C.A.R.E. does not support this bill.
House Bill 1 – Has not been heard in the Senate HHS Committee. It offers immunity from prosecution for possession of CBD/THC oil and a state commission. Georgia C.A.R.E. does not support this bill but it may represent the best opportunity for passage of some form of medical legislation this year..
Senate Bill 7 – Sits in the Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee – no hearing to date. This is a full medical bill. Georgia C.A.R.E. supports legislation but the bill may not be heard until in 2016.
Senate Resolution 6 – Offers a vote by the public for legalization of marijuana. The future of this bill is uncertain. Georgia C.A.R.E. supports this bill and support the right of the public to vote on legalization.
House Bill 283 - to provide that a person's conviction of the offense of simple possession of marijuana shall not result in the suspension of such person's driver's license. Georgia C.A.R.E. supports this bill. The outcome is undermined.
We encourage you to contact your lawmakers and committee members and express your desire to see real reform in Georgia.
Please continue to support Georgia C.A.R.E. and our efforts to reform marijuana laws in Georgia.