Georgia Medical Cannabis Hearing – Where we go from here.

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On Tuesday June 16, 2015 the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis met in the Coverdale Legislative Office Building across from the state capitol to begin their task of drafting legislation to provide cannabis extracts to Georgia patients. The goal is to begin instate cultivation, dispensary and legal access to cannabis products.  Patients, activists, lobbyists, media and government officials packed the hearing room for the nearly 4 hours event.

The key speaker was Mike Liszewski, Director of Governmental Affairs for Americans For Safe Access. Liszewski gave an overview of the good and bad cannabis legislation across the country.

The commission plans additional hearings later in the year. They are commissioned to provide a recommendation to the legislature by December 31.

Here is a report from The Telegraph

ATLANTA — A few hours before Georgia’s medical cannabis registry opened Tuesday morning, the legislator who created it cursed the federal prohibition that makes it necessary.

“Congress needs to change the damn law,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, a rather polite lawmaker whose quest to plant medical cannabis in Georgia has driven him to use four-letter words.

Federal law bans cannabis and everything made from it, and carrying it across state lines constitutes smuggling.

But Peake wants people who have very serious illnesses to be able to take medicine derived from specially bred cannabis plants.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2015/06/16/3799491_georgia-opens-medical-cannabis.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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James Bell

James Bell has been active in the marijuana reform movement since 1988. He has become the face and the voice of reform in Georgia and founded Georgia C.A.R.E. in 2012. James is Georgia's registered lobbyist for marijuana issues and works with media, lawmakers and the public on educational projects.

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