In regional news:

Georgia is close to approving a medical marijuana bill that could get to the Governor’s desk as early as next week. The state Senate passed a sweeping bill Tuesday that would allow cannabis oil to be used to treat eight medical conditions. The Senate passed a substitute measure developed by the Health and Human Services Committee to a House bill that passed overwhelmingly. If the bill becomes law, Georgia will be the 37th state to pass medical marijuana legislation. Georgia’s bill creates a 5 percent limit on THC content in cannabis oil, which can be prescribed under strict supervision to patients with the following eight conditions: seizure disorders, sickle cell anemia, cancer, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. An amendment to add autism failed.

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