According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Senate Health and Human Services Committee amended HB 885, to make it easier for Georgians to gain access to cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a non-psychoactive derivative of marijuana.
The major change would grant immunity from prosecution in Georgia for possession of CBD oil obtained legally in a state that permits the use of medical marijuana.
The original HB 885 was sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), who championed the legislation to help children who suffer from serious seizure disorders. CBD has proved effective in reducing the number and duration of seizures, according to parents and physicians.
Twenty states have legalized medical use of marijuana, and recently two states, Colorado and Washington, have also legalized recreational use.
Still, transporting any marijuana, medical or otherwise, across state lines is a federal crime.