The struggle over legal medical marijuana in Georgia is over. Yesterday, Governor Nathan Deal was brought to tears as he signed a bill that makes medical marijuana legal in Georgia. The new law allows the use of cannabis oil to treat certain medical conditions. Patients can possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil.
The wait is finally over
Governor Deal said that he was personally affected by seeing the children and families that were suffering. He said that seeing them caused him and state legislatures to reevaluate the state’s stance on medical marijuana.
“For the families enduring separation and patients suffering pain, the wait is finally over,” Deal said.
“It’s touched my heart,” Deal tearfully said. “I’m just pleased that today we’re going to make a difference and it’s going to be a good difference.”
Bill brings Georgia’s medical refugees back home
The bill was named after Haleigh Cox, who suffers from a severe type of epilepsy. Haleigh and her family moved to Colorado last year after Georgia failed to pass the medical marijuana bill. Representative Allen Peake introduced and sponsored the bill, dubbed “The Haleigh’s Hope Act,” and he was present for the signing of the bill.
“We can now begin the highly anticipated process of bringing our medical refugees back home to Georgia,” Peake said.
Who has access to cannabis oil?
Patients who suffer from eight debilitating conditions have access to cannabis oil under the new law. These conditions are: cancer, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s and sickle cell.
Georgia is the 36th state to legalize the use of marijuana extracts
The law makes Georgia the 36th state plus Washington, D.C., to legalize the use of marijuana extracts for medical use. The law does not deal with the cultivation, manufacturing or sale of medical marijuana in Georgia.