Deal appoints members to medical marijuana study group


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ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed 11 members of a new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis was created by a law passed this session allowing people with certain medical conditions to legally possess cannabis oil in-state with their doctors' approval.

Commission members include that law's sponsor, Republican state Rep. Allen Peake of Macon, along with representatives from medicine and law enforcement.

The commission must submit a report by the end of the year.

Some have pushed for laws that would permit the federally prohibited plant's growth in Georgia, arguing that the legislation passed this year doesn't protect people while transporting the oil from other states where it can be produced and sold.

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