Georgia: State Senator Proposes Full Marijuana Legalization
By Steve Elliott
A Democratic state senator from Gwinnett County not only pre-filed a broader version of medical marijuana than has previously been considered by the Georgia Legislature -- he also pre-filed a constitutional amendment to legalize and regulate sales of cannabis, using the tax proceeds to fund education and transportation.
Senate Bill 7, the medical marijuana bill filed by Sen. Curt Thompson of Norcross would allow doctors to authorize up to two ounces to patients with medical conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's, reports Dave Williams at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This is in contrast to legislation pre-filed last week by state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), which would be restricted to legalizing cannabis CBD oil for treatment of seizure disorders in children and adults.
A bill pushed by Peake during this year's General Assembly that would have opened the door to CBD oil only died on the final day of the legislative session.
"While I adamantly support cannabis oil treatments for children with severe medical problems, I believe physicians should have the ability to care for all of their patients, regardless of age," Sen. Thompson said in a prepared statement.
Thompson said he was proposing Senate Resolution 6, the Colorado-style legalization and regulation of retail marijuana sales, to "start a discussion" in the Legislature. He said this would be another revenue source to the state, without raising taxes.
Senate Resolution 6, if approved by the Legislature, would still require voter approval to legalize marijuana.
Photo of Sen. Curt Thompson: Twitter