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Georgia House Passes Medical Cannabis Bill with 152 to 8 Vote

georgiaWith an overwhelming 152 to 8 vote, Georgia’s House of Representatives has passed a proposal to significantly expand the state’s medical cannabis oil law, which was approved by lawmakers last year.

Under the law approved last year, which took effect immediate, it’s legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use of up to 20 ounces of low-THC (5% or less) cannabis extracts. Qualifying medical conditions included cancer, Crohn’s disease, seizure disorders, Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

The proposal passed today by the House – a modified version of House Bill 722 – would expand the list of qualifying conditions to incude others such as autism, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and HIV/AIDS, among others. The bill would also change the state’s DUI law so that it’s not complete zero tolerance for THC and would allow medical cannabis oil to be legally shipped to qualified patients.

The measure now heads to the state’s Senate for consideration. The full text of the measure can be found by clicking here.

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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