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Medical-marijuana committee coming to Macon

A group of legislators that will study how Georgia can legalize medical marijuana will come to Macon in September.

The Georgia General Assembly on Thursday released a meeting schedule for the group.

Its full name: The Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions Joint Study Committee.

The committee was created after this year's session of the General Assembly, when state Rep. Allen Peake filed a bill to allow medical-marijuana use in Georgia.

Peake, a Macon Republican, took up the issue after 13WMAZ reported on Haleigh Cox, a 4-year-old Forsyth girl with epilepsy. Her parents wanted to try medical marijuana to help treat her uncontrollable seizures.

The House passed Peake's bill, but it failed to pass the Senate. After the session, Gov. Nathan Deal created the study committee to develop a plan for allowing medical marijuana in the state.

Peake's bill would have allowed the use of cannabis oil, when prescribed by a doctor.

The study committee will hold its first meeting Aug. 27 at the state capitol in Atlanta.

Their Sept. 10 meeting will be at Mercer University.

Other meetings will be held in Lawrenceville, Augusta and Atlanta.

The panel members are: Sen. Renee Unterman (co-chair), Rep. Allen Peake (co-chair), Sen. Dean Burke (R – Bainbridge), Sen. Butch Miller (R – Gainesville), Sen. Curt Thompson (D – Tucker), Rep. Rich Golick (R – Smyrna), Rep. Micah Gravley (R – Douglasville), and Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D – Atlanta).


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