Fulton Board Expresses Support for HB885 Medical Marijuana Legislation | Print |

During its March 19, 2014 meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted to express support for House Bill 885, also known as “Haleigh’s Hope Act.”

 

HB 885 has bipartisan support with sponsorship by Representatives Allen Peake, Ben Watson, Mickey Channell, Margaret Kaiser, Micah Gravley, and Tom McCall.

The legislation expands an existing Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Program on cannabis that is currently administered by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. The bill adds seizure disorder patients to the program, allows for academic medical research centers throughout the state to participate in the program, and allows cannabis derivatives or oil extracts to be used in the study and compassionate treatment of seriously ill persons.

In the Senate, HB885 was amended to add requirements for health insurance for the diagnosis and treatment of autism, up to age six. 

In expressing its support for this legislation, the Board of Commissioners discussed the potential positive impact this legislation could have on children and adults affected by seizure disorders and autism, as well as their families.

“I do not believe the bank of justice in Georgia is bankrupt,” Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell stated, expressing her support for the resolution.