Georgia Senate Approves Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill
A proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts such as tinctures and oils has been approved by Georgia’s full Senate, sending it to the state’s House which has already approved a slightly different version of the bill.
If approved into law, House Bill 1 would allow those with cancer, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), mitochondrial disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders and sickle cell disease to possess and use medical cannabis if they receive a recommendation from a physician. Patients would be allowed to possess up to 20 ounces of extracts, and the THC percentage of the medicine must not surpass 5%.
The House of Representatives voted 158 to 2 last month to approve the bill, though the Senate removed one of the nine qualifying conditions, meaning the House will need to sign off on the Senate’s version of the bill – which is expected to occur quickly – before being sent to the state’s governor for consideration.