State Senator Curt Thompson pre-filed SB7, which provides for the legalization of medical marijuana in all forms, such as smoking or edible forms, as well as the cannabis oil provided for under HB1. Both the House and the Senate bills provide for heavy regulation by the state. Senator Thompson is also expected to introduce a resolution in the State Senate calling for a state-wide referendum on the legalization of marijuana for recreational, as well as medical use. Obviously realizing that an adoption of such a resolution will be a steep hill to climb, he has said that he still feels that it should be on the table for discussion.
Bibb Representative Peake must be considered the father of the movement for the legalization of medical marijuana treatment in Georgia, specifically advocating the use of cannabis oil, a marijuana derivative, in Georgia. He is the author of the pre-filed HB1, which provides for such treatment in Georgia and it is expected to be formally introduced in the Georgia House by Peake in the opening days of the General Assembly. A similar bill that he authored passed the House and the Senate in the last session of the legislature but died in conference committee before agreement on a compromise bill could be reached and accepted by both houses before the end of the 2014 session. As a result of this failure to pass, many children and adults have suffered and will continue to suffer until something is passed by our legislature and signed by the Governor.