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Federal issues remain with Georgia's medical marijuana bill

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A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Georgia is scheduled to get a vote in the full Senate Tuesday. However, there's a catch for families who are depending on the medication to help their children.

If the bill is passed into law, it will force those families to make a tough decision. 

The current version of the bill says parents can not be arrested by Georgia police, if they are in possession of cannabis oil that was legally prescribed to their child by a doctor. The bill also says the plants that produce the oil will not be grown in Georgia.

If parents go to another state that legally produces the oil, and bring it back into Georgia, they risk breaking federal law that prevents marijuana from being carried over state lines.

"I'm very torn," Stephanie King says. "Because scripture says we're supposed to follow the law of the land."

King's daughter Emily, 13, began getting seizures when she was just 10 months old. At times in her life, she has endured dozens of them a day. King is hopeful the cannabis oil will help her daughter, like it's helped other children with seizures.

"My hope is to give her a better quality of life," King says.

But King says she and her husband have decided they can best protect their daughter by not risking arrest. She knows other families who will attempt to bring the oil into Georgia.

Both the TSA and the US Justice Department says cases like these are not a top priority. But they add, parents would be taking a risk by breaking federal law.

"If we went out to somewhere and found that the oil did work, we would be hard pressed at this point to say, ok we're just going to come home and take her off it," King says.

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