State Representative Gloria Frazier (D-Hephzibah) is being credited with pushing to get Sickle cell anemia placed back in Georgia’s medical marijuana bill. Sickle cell would be among the 9 qualifying illnesses that are included in the legislation. Georgia House Bill 1 sponsor, State Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon) says registered patients found in possession of liquid cannabis, obtained in another state, would not face prosecution in Georgia. The measure which passed the Georgia House of Representatives this week now moves to the Georgia Senate for consideration. The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia has also been pushing for inclusion of the illness, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans. The CDC says the disease affects 1 in every 500 African Americans.
I spoke to Representative Frazier about her work to have Sickle cell included as a qualifying illness.