Medical Marijuana in Georgia: Gov. Brian Kemp to Sign Bill
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On April 17th, in Atlanta, Georgia, the state of Georgia made huge progress towards legalizing cannabis. Georgia Republican Governor, Brian Kemp, signed a bill into law that will allow specific patients to receive access to marijuana oil. It will also allow for in-state creation and sale of cannabis oil.
The bill will only allow low-potency cannabis oil to be consumed, which is already legal to use. By low potency, we mean marijuana oils with low amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Only 5% THC is allowed and there has to be at least an equal amount of CDB. Individuals with sixteen particular conditions such as seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer are allowed to use the substance.
The bill will allow six growing licenses in total to be obtained by private companies. It will include two licenses for large organizations and four for small organizations. This is believed to level out the playing field for people trying to enter the industry.
As of now, 34 states have medical marijuana programs in place. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Georgia is one of at least 12 other states that allow patients to possess a lower potency form of the drug.
On June 2018, The U.S FDA (Food and Drug Association) approved the use of an oral solution, Epidiolex, for the treatment and prevention of seizures that are associated with two very severe and rare forms of epilepsy; Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
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A recent study shows that legalization has benefited police departments in the two states, by freeing up resources for officers to solve more serious types of crime. Washington and Colorado became the first U.S. states to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2012.