Sen. McKoon Introduces Medical Marijuana Study Committee


(APN) ATLANTA — Yesterday, Friday, January 17, 2014, State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) introduced a resolution, SR 756, Senate Prescription of Medicinal Marijuana for Serious Medical Conditions Study Committee.



The resolution goes on to state:



“WHEREAS, there have been significant scientific and medical studies, reports, clinical trials,and other analyses regarding the use of marijuana for prescriptive medicinal purposes; and



“WHEREAS, technology has significantly advanced and produced certain control methods and scientific guarantees regarding medicinal uses that have not previously existed; and



“WHEREAS, there are indicia that such use may be beneficial for the parents and treating physicians of children with serious medical needs; and



“WHEREAS, it would be beneficial to undertake a study of the prescriptive use of medicinal marijuana for serious medical conditions to determine whether it would be appropriate to enact legislation making new provisions or changing provisions of current law of this state with regard to such prescriptive use.



“A report on the findings and recommendations from the Study Committee, with suggestions for proposed legislation, if any, shall be made on or before December 1, 2014.”



Meanwhile, InsiderAdvantage recent conducted a poll asking Georgians if they favor legalizing access to medical cannabis on behalf of WAGA-TV and Morris News Service.



Fifty one percent of registered voters said they favor doctor-prescribed medical marijuana “in very specific instances, such as in a liquid form to reduce seizures in young children,” reported Morris News Service.



The poll was conducted by automated calls to 2,613 registered voters, and has a 1.9 percent margin of error.   



Opposing it are 27 percent of those questioned, and another 22 percent were undecided or had no opinion.



Both Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston have been quoted in news reports saying they are open to consider legalizing medical uses of cannabis.



Peachtree National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) announced today the upcoming release of results from their own statewide marijuana poll.  



Peachtree NORML’s poll results will be made public on Tuesday, January 21, 1 pm at the State Capitol.



NORML is proud to bring together a coalition of organizations, activists, and medical patients as they deliver a copy of this poll and over 12,000 signed petitions in support of marijuana law reform collected by coalition partners to the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House, Peachtree NORML states.



“We are thankful that Sen. Josh McKoon has introduced SR 756.  Marijuana law reform is about safe access and increasing public safety.  With public and governmental support rising across the nation, we are glad Georgia is taking on this issue,” Sharon Ravert, Executive Director of Peachtree NORML, said in the press release.




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