Georgians suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain will soon be allowed to use medical marijuana.
Georgia’s medical marijuana law, first passed in 2015, now covers more than a dozen conditions, including late-stage cancer and seizure disorders. The law allows patients approved by a physician to possess small amounts of cannabis oil.
State law still bans growing, buying or transporting the drug, leaving patients with no way to legally obtain it. But state lawmakers didn’t pass a broader expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program. That measure, House Bill 645, would have legalized harvesting and distribution of cannabis oil.
That debate could be revived during next year’s legislative session.
A 15-member study commission will evaluate in-state access of cannabis oil, according to HB 65. The commission will evaluate security, manufacturing, product labeling, testing and dispensing.
About 4,000 patients are currently on the state’s medical marijuana registry.