Georgia Governor Signs Bill to Legalize Cannabis Oil
April 17th, 2015
Policy, Top News
Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill that makes Georgia the 36th U.S. state to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of eight serious medical conditions. Patients will be permitted to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil, which has no more than 5% tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) – the psychoactive component of the drug.
“We can now begin the highly anticipated process of bringing our medical refugees back home to Georgia,” said Gov. Deal. Many people suffering from chronic illnesses were forced to move to other states where cannabis oil was legalized in order to take the drug without fear of police repercussions.
The diseases covered by the new law include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders, and sickle cell anemia. While the application procedure should be up and running within 60 days, temporary cards were issued to seven families.
The new law does not permit the cultivation, manufacturing, or sale of medical marijuana within the state and the drug still remains illegal on a federal level – although recently laws have delegated states the right to decide whether or not to permit the drug within their borders without federal interference.
Some advocates for the new bill argue that the state should permit the cultivation of cannabis oil within the state in order to avoid the risk of being unable to secure supplies. Since cross-state trafficking of the substance remains illegal, it could prove difficult to find reliable sources of cannabis oil for many patients.
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