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Tuesday May 5th, 2015 8:27AM

Ga. study committee examines medical marijuana

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia state representative says lawmakers may pass a medical marijuana bill next year for people with certain terminal illnesses.<br /> <br /> But Republican Rep. Allen Peake of Macon says he doubts that will extend to people with chronic pain. The Macon Telegraph reports that a study committee on the issue began work Wednesday by discussing what other states allow (http://bit.ly/1mTUIzt ).<br /> <br /> Witnesses included a regulator who worked in Colorado as that state expanded access to medical marijuana.<br /> <br /> Peake introduced a bill during the last legislative session to allow children with seizure disorders to use cannabis-derived medicines, but it ultimately stalled. He says the committee meetings are a chance to examine details.<br /> <br /> The study committee plans to meet again in September and is scheduled to publish recommendations before the end of the year.<br /> <br /> State Senators Butch Miller of Gainesville and Rene Unterman of Buford are members of the committee.
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