• Medical marijuana bill introduced at Capitol

    By: Lori Geary


    ATLANTA - Medical marijuana is one step closer to being legal in Georgia.

    Channel 2's Lori Geary was at the Capitol as a bill that could bring cannabis oil to Georgia for kids with severe seizures was introduced in the state House.
    “Our heart broke when we got the diagnosis because it was so bleak with seizures,” said grandparent Barbara Kutchvack.
    Kutchvack clutched a picture of her 3-year-old granddaughter, Kendle, as she stood on the floor of the Georgia House almost in disbelief.
    State Rep. Allen Peake filed the official bill that could legalize medical marijuana for kids like Kendle who suffer from severe seizure disorders.
    He gave them a kind of pep talk that the real work is still ahead of them as he counted the number of co-signors to the bill, almost 90.
    “We're going to fight with every political ounce we have in us to get this thing passed. It's a long journey ahead,” Peake said.

    “We're thankful that a lot of these representatives’ hearts have been touched by our children and what they go through every day,” parent Shannon Cloud said.

    “It just proves that once you give people the facts, once you just lay it all out there that these kids are not getting high, they're not smoking joints, they're just using it as an oil, get the facts out there, it becomes a no-brainer,” said parent Blaine cloud.  
    Peake said under the bill the cannabis oil would be highly controlled and restricted.
    Children's Healthcare of Atlanta cautiously threw its support behind the bill saying they see more than 300 kids with severe seizure disorders every year. 

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