Georgia Congressman Paul Broun pushing medical marijuna bill

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:08 AM
Last updated 7:53 PM
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Congressman Paul Broun, R-Ga., who represents east central Georgia, is cosponsoring a bill that would legalize on a national basis the use of a marijuana-derived oil and other therapeutic hemp products for medical treatments.

The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and cosponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., in addition to Broun, would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act “to exclude therapeutic hemp and cannabidiol from the definition of marijuana.” The proposal has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce and Judiciary committees.

Broun, a physician, has been a consistent supporter of medical marijuana, in large part on the basis of states’ rights arguments. Earlier this spring, Broun cosponsored a federal appropriations amendment blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana.

The amendment passed the House in a 219-189 vote.

According to a report on that amendment, “Broun said there were ‘very valid medical reasons’ to use marijuana extracts or products. ‘It’s less dangerous than some narcotics that doctors prescribe all over this country,’ Broun said. He said medical marijuana was a states’ rights issue and Congress needed to ‘reserve the states’ powers under the Constitution.’”

In recent months, the state of Georgia has struggled with the issue of medical marijuana.

In this year’s legislative session, a bill sponsored by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, that would have allowed the use of cannabis oil to treat certain seizure disorders, failed to pass in the wake of some last-minute legislative maneuvering. The state Senate did, though, create a committee to study legalizing medical marijuana in Georgia.

On Tuesday, Peake took to social media to urge people to contact their congressional representatives regarding Perry’s bill.

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OJP 07/30/14 - 09:27 am
Good step forward, Congressman Broun!

Common sense is finally prevailing regarding marijuana.

thauch12 07/30/14 - 11:34 am
OJP, I think we have to wait

OJP, I think we have to wait a good 15-25 years for the old-timers to pass before this kind of legislation really has a chance to pass on a national scale...

jimmymac 07/30/14 - 12:10 pm

All states should allow medical marijuana for ailing folks. It makes sense because it can control pain without debilitating the person. Big pharma is the real reason this is being fought. They know that it will cut into their ridiculous profits for the inflated cost of pain meds. We pay more for meds than any country in the world. Our elected reps allow this to happen because they're all getting paid off by lobbyists.

etlinks 07/30/14 - 12:12 pm
Heck the old-timers like me

Heck the old-timers like me are the ones that wanted mj legalized 45 years ago.

AFjoe 07/30/14 - 12:22 pm
Ride on-etlinks

First of all Willie thanks you. This will happen. Only wish is that Dr. Broun had stayed a congressman and left the run for the senate alone.

Bulldog 07/31/14 - 07:25 am
Ignorance abounds

A large number of people are either supporting or fighting this issue based on a gross misunderstanding of what is being discussed. The first point is that the legalization of the use of certain cannabinoid compounds has nothing to do with getting high. The compounds in question do not have that potential. The second is that no one is suggesting that any of these compounds would be available in an "over the counter" form. There really is nothing controversial to even discuss.

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