Georgia Governor Nathan Deal confirmed Thursday morning that he will soon sign into law legislation to legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts, which was recently approved overwhelmingly by the state’s Legislature.
House Bill 1, which was approved by the House of Representatives with an 160 to 1 vote, and by the Senate with a 48 to 6 vote, will legalize the possession and use of up to 20 ounces of low-THC (5% or less) cannabis extracts for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying medical conditions will include cancer, Crohn’s disease, seizure disorders, Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
The proposal will allow universities as well as certain nonprofit organizations to produce, distribute and study cannabis extracts.
House Bill 1 will take effect immediately upon being signed by Governor Deal.