A coalition of Republican state representatives wants to let voters settle the stalemate on medical marijuana in Georgia.
Possession of low THC oil with a prescription has been legal since 2015, but it can’t be manufactured or bought in the state and it’s against federal law to bring it across state lines.
House Resolution 36 — sponsored by Rep. Alan Peake, R-Macon, and four other GOP leaders — would set up a statewide vote on regulating the production and sale of medical cannabis. Because it would be a constitutional amendment, it requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the Georgia General Assembly to make it on the ballot.
The measure is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.
Meanwhile, Peake, who chairs the Medical Cannabis Working Group, is also trying to move his House Bill 645, submitted at the close of last year’s session.
The measure would allow the Georgia Department of Public Health to license up to 10 medical marijuana dispensaries and two facilities to produce the low-THC oil.
‘Time is passing’
Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome,