Georgia’s House of Representatives voted 160 to 1 Wednesday to give final approval to House Bill 1, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis extracts that has already passed the full Senate. It now heads to Governor Nathan Deal for consideration, who is expected to sign the proposal as soon as Friday.
If signed into law by Governor Deal, or allowed to become law without his signature, House Bill 1 would allow those with cancer, Crohn’s disease, seizure disorders, Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and sickle cell disease to possess and use up to 20 ounces of cannabis extracts. The extracts, which can include tinctures, oils, lotions and pills, would be required to have 5% THC or less, and patients must receive a recommendation from a physician.
The Legislature approved House Bill 1 with more than enough support to override a potential veto by Governor Deal, though that shouldn’t matter as the Governor announced his support for the legislation last year.