The Georgia Senate has passed a bill which sets up a five year study of the effect medical marijuana has on seizure sufferers 21 and under. The bill passed in a 54-1 landslide.

“I want to protect our children,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Tippins of Marietta, the bill’s sponsor. “We must gather a conclusive body of evidence.”

A similar bill passed in the state’s House (also by a wide margin) proposes the treatment of illnesses other than epilepsy with marijuana. Tippins is working with that bill’s author, Republican Rep. Allen Peake of Macon, on adding those symptoms listed in Peake’s bill to the senate bill. A hearing on March 19 will seek to combine the two bills into one super bill.