November 29, 2023

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State Representative Pedro Marin Introduces Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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Georgia State Representative Pedro Marin (D-Duluth) recently introduced House Bill 738, which allows the manufacture, manufacture and sale of marijuana for the treatment of certain medical conditions in Georgia.

“Currently, Georgian law only prescribes a limited, low-THC oil for Georgians with serious illnesses,” said Rep. Marin. “Legalizing medical marijuana, not just low-THC oil, would benefit and alleviate the pain people with serious illnesses experience on a daily basis.”

House Bill 738 would legalize all parts of a cannabis plant to be used to treat various diseases. In particular, HB 738 would enable medical marijuana to be prescribed to patients with the following conditions: cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, seizure disorders related to epilepsy or head injury, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease; Mitochondrial Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Sickle Cell Disease, Severe Tourette’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Chronic Pain, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Ulcerative Colitis, Systemic Lupus ErLE, discoid skin lupus, glaucoma, hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, severe arthritis, cerebral palsy, anorexia, cachexia, and Huntington’s disease.

In addition, Rep. Marin announced that he plans to hold meetings and forums this year to discuss his legislation with supporters as well as constituents who may have questions or concerns about the legislation.

The first readers’ summary for HB 738: A bill entitled to comment on an act amending Title 2 Chapter 11, Title 16 Chapter 12, Title 2 Chapter 2A Title 31, and Title 51 Chapter 1 of the Georgia Official Code relating to Seeds and Plants in General Violations of public health and morals, general regulations regarding the Department of Health, and general regulations regarding pies to authorize the use, manufacture, manufacture and dispensing of medical marijuana in that state; provide the medical conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed and used; to provide for conforming changes; to take care of related matters; repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

For more information on HB 738, see below or click Here.

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Representative Pedro “Pete” Marin represents the citizens of District 96, which also includes parts of Gwinnett County. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002 and is currently a member of the Banking & Banking, Economic Development & Tourism, Industry and Labor, and Science and Technology Committees.


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