Switcheroo, Agreed, Done!
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, March 31, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
During the first two months of this session, five marijuana bills were introduced – four in the House and one in the Senate. It seemed strange that Senator Watson would introduce S.B. 16 to qualify one more condition for marijuana treatment and lower the THC level of medical marijuana from five- to three-percent, when five-percent passed last year. But, if he introduced S.B. 16 to meander through the process and become a vehicle for a more comprehensive bill that failed to pass by the end of Cross-Over Day, his strategy worked perfectly!
The Senate, dutifully, passed S.B. 16 on February 16th and it went to the House Judiciary Non Civil Committee, where it languished, awaiting the next step in the process. That committee stripped S.B. 16 of its original language and clothed it with Representative Peake’s much more comprehensive restructuring of current marijuana law.
During the switch, the House retained the expedient components of the original S.B. 16 – its all-important title (S.B. 16) and position (poised to pass), and autism, that was already among the six additional diseases Mr. Peake’s legislation was qualifying for marijuana treatment.
When the new law goes into effect July 1st, several requirements of current law will be repealed, as will the one-year Georgia residency now mandatory for marijuana treatment. Without that restriction, Georgia could become a hub for out-of-state drop-in buyers of medical marijuana. Continue reading