Georgia group pushing for medical marijuana expansion


ATLANTA – A new organization says it wants Georgia lawmakers to allow marijuana to be grown and harvested under close monitoring to treat certain diseases.

Georgians for Freedom in Health Care held a launch event Tuesday at the Capitol. The effort comes a year after lawmakers approved a medical cannabis registry. People with doctor's permission can register with the state, allowing them to possess cannabis oil that doesn't cause a "high."

Shannon Cloud, whose daughter Alaina has seizures caused by a form of epilepsy, is working with the group on the issue. Cloud says it's difficult for people to obtain the oil from other states where it's produced legally.

A legislative commission has continued to study the issue this year. Rep. Allen Peake, who chairs the commission, says it will make recommendations to Gov. Nathan Deal by the end of the year.