Georgia House Passes Medical Marijuana Expansion

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Nicole Richter / Updated on March 2, 2017

On March 1, the Georgia House of Representatives passed House Bill 65, which would widen the legal parameters for medical use of marijuana.

Sponsored by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, the bill, among other significant changes will double the list of illnesses and conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana.

The conditions include:

  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Epidermolysis bullosa
  • HIV
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

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Furthermore, the bill would let people who have registration cards from other states with similar low-THC cannabis oil laws to possess the oil in the state.

Current laws dictate that patients can obtain up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of eight specific illnesses, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.

This is wonderful news and comes only two weeks after the state’s Senate passed a medical marijuana measure that would add autism to the list of eligible conditions.

As of now, the bill is scheduled to move on to the Georgia Senate where if passed it will move to the governor’s desk to either be signed or vetoed.

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Georgia House Passes Medical Marijuana Expansion
March 2, 2017
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