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Gov. Deal may seek other options for medical marijuana

Less than a week after the Georgia House and Senate failed to come to an agreement on legalizing medical marijuana for children with seizures, Governor Deal may be taking action.

Deal announced Monday he would look for solutions within the executive branch to find a solution for medical marijuana.

HB 885, the bill that would allow families to avoid prosecution if they brought back cannabis oil to Georgia from other states, overwhelmingly passed both houses, but was also attached to an autism insurance coverage bill, which passed the Senate, but never got a vote in the House because leaders felt it was a mandate on businesses.

State Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon), the sponsor of the bill, said while he doesn't believe growing marijuana could be passed until another legislative session, he believes the governor can do something about transporting cannabis oil back in Georgia, and stopping families from becoming what he calls "medical refugees."

The governor's spokesman, Brian Robinson, says their main challenge is that both federal and state laws still prohibits marijuana. "One thing we do not want to do is to create a situation where the state is encouraging an action that the federal government would see as illegal," Robinson says.

The governor's office did not provide a timeframe for when anything would be done.

In the meantime, 4-year-old Haleigh Cox and her mom, the inspirations behind HB885, are still living in Colorado so Haleigh can treatment.

Janea Cox says Haleigh is responding well to the treatment, dropping to 4 seizures a day from more than 100. Despite the positive outcome, Cox says she wants something to be done so she can get the same treatment in Georgia and reunite her family.

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