US GA: House Oks Medical Marijuana Bill
Rome News-Tribune, 04 Mar 2014 - Local Legislators See Their Sponsored Bills Make It Over the Crossover Day Hump As Well. (AP) - Patients diagnosed with certain illnesses could take a form of medical marijuana under a plan that Georgia's state legislators backed Monday, ahead of an important deadline that sorts out which bills go forward and which will likely fail for the year.
US GA: OPED: Georgia's Dirty Secret: Asset Forfeiture
Savannah Morning News, 02 Mar 2014 - There's no doubt that Georgia's law enforcement officials dislike strings that restrict civil asset forfeiture, which is the power of law enforcement to seize and keep property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. They've told state legislators that, time and again. For the rest of Georgia, however, it's a problem.
US GA: GA. Weighs 'medical Amnesty' In Drug Overdoses
Macon Telegraph, 01 Mar 2014 - ATLANTA - Tanya Smith, a Georgia police officer who oversees criminal investigations, is no stranger to battling the perils of drug abuse. Yet Smith's current fight is personal, in memory of her 20-year-old daughter, Taylor, who died last year while using drugs after no one called 911 for help. Smith is among a group of parents lobbying on behalf of a bill that would grant amnesty from certain drug charges for those who seek help in the event of a drug overdose. Seventeen states have passed similar so-called "Good Samaritan laws," and proposals are pending this year in others including Georgia and West Virginia.
US GA: Holly Springs Mom, State Rep. Hopeful For Success Of Medical
Marietta Daily Journal, 28 Feb 2014 - Never in her life did Corey Lowe think her native Georgia would even consider allowing medical marijuana, but now she's hopeful that lawmakers have heard her pleas for a chance to help her improve her child's life with the drug. The Holly Springs resident said she was ecstatic Wednesday after a bill allowing non-psychoactive cannabis oil to treat seizure patients got unanimous approval in a state House committee and moved one step closer to a vote on the floor.
US GA: Column: Medical Marijuana Bill Offers Hope But Research
Marietta Daily Journal, 28 Feb 2014 - Medical marijuana bill offers hope but research requires much time The medical marijuana bill approved by a state legislative committee is titled Haleigh's Hope Act, named for Haleigh Cox, a young girl with a condition that causes severe seizures.
US GA: PUB LTE: Accountability
Macon Telegraph, 28 Feb 2014 - After purchasing an Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper on Feb. 21, I read the opinion piece by sportswriter Jeff Schultz, "UGA's policy gets it right." Schultz was referring to the UGA athletic drug policy following the recent dismissal of a key defensive football player. His factual observations, negative feedback from football fans and comparisons with other university drug policies hit the nail on the head when distinguishing between winning at any cost versus the lives of young athletes. Within this sports column, UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity acknowledged that other SEC athletic directors had preliminary discussions about a conference-wide policy last year. McGarity further stated, "the issue got no traction with presidents."
US GA: Dempsey Backs 'Restrictive' Medical Marijuana
Rome News-Tribune, 28 Feb 2014 - The Bill Would Allow for Further Research into Treating Seizure Disorders. Personal stories of frustration and lengthy deliberation led a state House committee to unanimously approve a bill that would permit medical marijuana to be grown and used in Georgia for treatment of severe seizure disorders.
US GA: Editorial: Still True
The Daily Citizen, 27 Feb 2014 - A bill before the state Legislature that would legalize one form of medical marijuana for one group of patients passed an important hurdle on Wednesday. But not without undergoing some changes. The House Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, that would allow a type of cannabis oil to be prescribed for severe seizure disorders. Parents of children with those disorders as well as physicians report dramatic improvements when the children have been treated with cannabis oil.
US GA: Editorial: Medical marijuana: A Humane Option
Savannah Morning News, 27 Feb 2014 - GEORGIA LAWMAKERS haven't done much of anything this legislative session, which is not a bad thing. Here's one humane measure, however, that deserves passage - a law that would allow limited use of medical marijuana to treat young Georgians suffering from horrific bouts of seizures.