Georgia state representative Allen Peake introduced a bill on Tuesday that would legalize a non-psychoactive strain of marijuana strictly limited to patients with severe seizure disorders.
The Republican lawmaker’s proposal is similar to legislation introduced recently in Florida and Alabama, while limiting its availability to a handful of medical research facilities.
Peake’s interest in the issue was prompted by a constituent’s 4-year-old daughter, who suffers from a seizure disorder.
“When I saw her, she reminded me so much of my granddaughter, who is about the same age,” said Peake. “It made me realize that if this was my child or my grandchild, I’d be moving heaven and earth to get this legislation passed to provide some hope and relief to these families.”