Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Bill Expands To Cover Six Conditions
State Senators in Georgia have sent a bill to Governor Nathan Deal’s desk.
A revision to Georgia state Senate Bill 16, a medical marijuana bill, was approved 45 to 6, broadening the scope of conditions allowed to be treated with marijuana in the state.
The six new conditions are allowed to be treated with a limited form of cannabis oil. The conditions are: Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, autism, epidrmolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy and Tourette’s syndrome. Patients in hospice care are also allowed to be treated with cannabis oil.
“Today we’re going to provide more access to Georgians with very specific illnesses,” said Sen. Matt Brass, R-Newnan. “And we’ll provide doctors more treatment options for patients.”
This comes just two days after the Georgia House of Representatives passed the bill. The original bill already had provisions for cancer, seizure disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Chron’s Disease, and Sickle Cell Anemia.
Cannabis oils used in these treatments may contain up to 5% THC.
“I’m grateful we’ve moved the ball,” said Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), who has sponsored medical marijuana bills the last several sessions. “We’re not there yet. We still have a huge issue of, where do we access the product. And until we deal with that we’re still going to be shortchanging our citizens in some respects.”
Peake has also introduced a bill to allow for cultivation in Georgia for the purpose of medical treatment. That bill has yet to move but it’s hopeful it will reach the floor in the 2018 session.
Doctors in nearby Alabama are allowed to treat some conditions with cannaboid oil as well. However in Alabama the THC percentage is just 3%. That law was passed in 2016