By R.J. Rico
ATLANTA (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates expressed outrage Monday over the apparent stalling of a proposal that would expand Georgia’s medical cannabis oil program to include those with post-traumatic stress disorder or chronic, intractable pain.
Members of the Georgia’s Hope advocacy group held a news conference inside the state Capitol and questioned why the bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly last month, hasn’t gotten a Senate committee hearing.
Rep. David Clark, the bill’s sponsor, accused Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a leading Republican gubernatorial candidate and the president of the Senate, of “playing politics” and stifling the proposal by instead calling for another study committee on medical marijuana. He and other lawmakers who support the measure joined the news conference.
“This is what, our third study committee? I think we have enough evidence from the states that have passed this to know that it’s helping people,” Clark, a Buford Republican and Army veteran, told The Associated Press after the news conference.
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