Cannabis Oil

Families in the gallery supporting House Bill 1 react, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Atlanta, after the Georgia House passed the bill to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease. The bill passed 158-2 and now goes to the state Senate, where considerable opposition is all but certain. Gov. Nathan Deal, who must sign the measure for it to become law, has said he supports the use of cannabis oil for treatment of seizure disorders. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bob Andres)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has passed a medical marijuana bill that establishes a five-year study involving people under 18 with seizure disorders.

The bill by Republican Sen. Lindsey Tippins of Marietta was approved in a 54-1 vote Friday after a debate that lasted more than an hour.

Republican Senate Health and Human Services committee chairwoman Renee Unterman of Buford says she's planning to work with Republican Rep. Allen Peake of Macon to add medical issues listed in a House bill to the Senate's version.

House members overwhelmingly passed Peake's bill. That proposal would legalize cannabis oil for people with seizure disorders, cancer and seven other medical diagnoses.

Unterman praised the House bill and says a hearing will be held March 19 to try merging the bills into a combined measure.

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