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Ga. Senate passes medical marijuana bill after long debate
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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.