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Medical marijuana bill, Haleigh's Hope Act, introduced in Georgia House

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Rep. Allen Peake getting a signature Rep. Allen Peake getting a signature
Rep. Peake & families pushing for medical marijuana bill Rep. Peake & families pushing for medical marijuana bill

Georgia families praying for medical marijuana just got a step closer to that being a reality. Representative Allen Peake, R-Macon, dropped House Bill 885 on Jan. 28. It's known as Haleigh's Hope Act in honor of a young girl with a severe form of epilepsy.

Parents who believe their kids with seizures could benefit were at the state Capitol.

"It's not going to be a 6-year-old smoking a joint. It's not going to be pot shops opening up all over the state. Very limited in scope for seizure disorders, doctor managed, very well regulated and once folks learn about that, makes a difference," Peake said.

"This is safer than anything our kids are on today. They're more high right now than they would be using this medicine which would actually improve their development and improve their cognition and it's basically lifesaving," father Blaine Cloud said.

The bill has support from the Medical Association of Georgia and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The bill will need 91 signatures from the House, 29 in the Senate and a signature from the governor to become reality.

Monday at 11 p.m., Jennifer Mayerle will have an in-depth look at what families in Georgia are facing and why several metro Atlanta families are considering a radical change to try the controversial treatment. 

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