Georgia State Senator Stands Alone Against Narrow CBD Legislation

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Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson (D-Tucker). Photo courtesy of Sandra Parrish, WSB Radio.

ATLANTA – During the hustle and bustle of a rather mundane crossover day, Senator Curt Thompson (D – Tucker) stood in the well and sparks erupted as he addressed the Senate chamber, speaking passionately opposed to SB185, the Senate’s CBD only bill.

“I understand what this bill is… To declare victory and get out, to say you have done something but to not necessarily do something…” stated Thompson from the well, speaking to a packed Senate chamber that included both Representative Allen Peake (R - Macon) as well as Governor Nathan Deal. Senator Thompson’s message was clear, “window dressing” as Thompson would call it, would not help bring home Georgians.

Discussing the author of SB185, Lindsey Tippins (R - Marietta) Thompson would state “I wish he [Tippins] had served on the study committee and had actually been to some of those hearings because perhaps some of his concerns would have been allayed” pointing out another serious flaw with this legislation - this legislation is authored by a man who has no interest in the medical field. Tippins not only has no medical experience, he never attended the large number of hearings held in 2014 all over the state to discuss the issue of cannabis.

I understand what this bill is… To declare victory and get out, to say you have done something but to not necessarily do something…

Senator Thompson would close his remarks by discussing the strong desire that appears in the Georgia assembly to keep controversy down at the cost of any purpose. Echoing the sentiments of Representative Al Williams (D - Midway) who stated in the well in the 2014 session in support of medicinal cannabis “In many cases we [The Georgia House of Representatives] have become political cowards” Thompson would state “Once you draft a bill that nobody will object to you have drafted a bill that will do nothing.”

On an otherwise mundane day under the Gold Dome in which discussions of everything from cannabis to mundane DOT legislation, Senator Curt Thompson took yet another public stand for real cannabis legislation. He would stand alone. The Georgia Senate would pass SB 185 by a vote of 54 - 1.

See Sen. Thompson state his opposition to the Senate’s CBD oil bill below

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