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Georgia lawmaker files early medical cannabis bill

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ATLANTA (AP) - A top state lawmaker has filed an early bill that would allow for the limited use of medical cannabis in Georgia.

Republican Rep. Allen Peake, who serves as part of the House leadership team, filed the legislation known as "Haleigh's Hope Act" on Monday - the first day lawmakers can pre-file bills for next year's legislative session.

The bill would allow "certain registered patients" to use and possess medical cannabis and allow the dispensing of medical cannabis by "licensed, registered entities" in Georgia subject to "significant security and strict state oversight."

The law allows only for non-smoking medical cannabis and limits the amount of the psychoactive compound known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which can make users feel high.

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