To the sounds of thunderous applause, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 1 into law Thursday, a proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts.
“For the families enduring separation and patients suffering pain, the wait is finally over,” said Governor Deal. “Now, Georgia children and their families may return home, while continuing to receive much-needed care. Patients such as Haleigh Cox, for whom this bill is named, and others suffering from debilitating conditions can now receive the treatment they need, in the place where they belong — Georgia.”
Under the new law, which takes effect immediately, 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 include cancer, Crohn’s disease, seizure disorders, Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
The proposal also allows universities as well as certain nonprofit organizations to produce and distribute cannabis extracts for the purposes of studying the medicine.