Georgia Looks to Expand Medical Marijuana Laws

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Georgia legalized medical marijuana late this year – but it came with a catch. Patients could possess up to 20 oz of cannabis oil with THC levels at 5% or lower with a physician’s approval, but the oil had to come from outside the state.

It remains illegal to grow or cultivate marijuana within Georgia borders. It means that individuals who are looking to possess medical marijuana must travel to other states, such as Colorado, to procure it. This exponentially increases the cost and hassle involved with medical marijuana, and in the opinions of many experts, it increases black market sales and risk to patients.

Which is why Georgia could already be looking to amend its laws by this time next year. According to a poll by Georgians for Freedom in Healthcare, 84% of Georgia voters would approve an expansion of the law to permit growing and sales of medical marijuana within its borders.

In addition, Georgia only has eight qualifying conditions for marijuana – a number that could increase when the legislature goes back into session in January. Currently the 8 qualifying conditions are as follows:

  • Cancer
  • Seizure disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Mitochondrial disease

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis will meet for the last time later this week, and then will have until the end of the year to present a plan for the expansion of cultivation and production of medical marijuana in Georgia to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

 

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