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Higher Purpose: Haleigh's Hope medical cannabis oil bill passes House, heads to Senate
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The Georgia House of Representatives approved of a bill that will legalize cannabis oil that can be used to treat seizures and a number of other medical disorders.

Haleigh's Hope Act, H.B. 1, passed the House with a 158-2 vote, with only state Rep. Darrel Ealum, D-Albany, and state Rep. Darlene Taylor, R-Thomasville, voted against the bill.

The bill still needs to be approved by the Georgia Senate and Gov. Nathan Deal's signature before it becomes law.

The measure would allow users to legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of the THC oil as long as the individual has a medical prescription from a physician.

A physician can only write a prescription if a patient has is suffering from seizures, cancer, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease and others.

State Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, says that that house believed it was "good decision" to pass the help its citizens.

"We have to start somewhere with helping these individuals suffering from these diseases," she said.

Another condition allowed to be treated under the bill is sickle-cell anemia, which also contributed to Dickerson giving approval of the bill.

"(Sickle-cell) affects a lot of African-American women and this oil could help," she said.

State Rep. Tom Kirby, R-Loganville, also voted yes for the bill and says that by the House passing the bill is a good step in the right direction to helping people afflicted with one of the medical conditions listed in the bill.

Kirby says his biggest concern was at least making the product available to the public as a pharmaceutical grade product.

If the bill is approved by the Senate and Deal, the bill would allow people to obtain registration cards for the oil by Sept. 1, 2015.

According the National Conference of State Legislatures, 23 states, including Washington D.C., allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs.

Three states, Colorado, Washington and Alaska, now allow full use of marijuana recreationally.