ATLANTA (11Alive) — Gov. Nathan Deal will sign a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana in Georgia, after the House resoundingly passed the bill Wednesday.
With passage all but assured, 5-year-old Haleigh Cox and her mother Janea entered the House chamber and watched the vote from the back of the room. Janea Cox repeatedly dabbed at her eyes as the vote was called, announced and applauded by House members.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) dubbed the measure “the Haleigh’s Hope Act.” The bill will allow patients of eight serious illnesses to use cannabis oil for treatment. Haleigh has a severe type of epilepsy that has wracked her body with daily seizures. She has lived in Colorado for the last year. The family left Georgia after the medical marijuana bill failed last year.