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Medical marijuana bill passes GA Senate

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The push to allow medical marijuana in Georgia passed another hurdle on Thursday afternoon with just hours left to make it law.

But the bill is far different than its original intent to legalize cannabis oil.

After some changes, the bill now would allow cannabis oil research to continue to see what the benefits are for glaucoma, cancer and patients with seizure disorders. Those caught with medical marijuana in Georgia would not be prosecutor under the measure, but it is still not legal.

For a family such as the Rahns from Springfield, their daughter suffers from epileptic seizures, getting the cannabis oil to Georgia won't be cheap or easy. If that is the route they decide to take.

WTOC spoke to the Rahns last month. They urged lawmakers and the public to support the push to approve and legalize cannabis oil for people who may be able to benefit from its effects. it's not smoked - it's injected or absorbed into food. They said it is a positive step.

"It's our children we are talking about, and I think they all took it to heart they all have a connection to a child - that's what they based their decision on - not actually science, but the fact there are studies which show it's working," one of the family members said.

The bill passed unanimously and will go to the House. They hope sometime before the midnight deadline.

Also attached to this bill is Ava's Law, which underwent some changes too and provides certain insurance coverage for autism disorders.

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