House Bill 1, titled the Haleigh’s Hope Act, would legalize the possession and use of up to 20 ounces of cannabis extracts for those with certain medical conditions who receive a recommendation from a physician, and subsequently register with the Department of Public Health. The cannabis extracts must contain no more than 5% THC.
Qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use under House Bill 1 would include seizure disorders, Lou Gehrig’s disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, mitochondrial disease and Crohn’s Disease. Representative Peake estimates that there are over 500,000 people in Georgia with medical conditions that would qualify them to use medical cannabis extracts if his proposal becomes law.
House Bill 1 now heads to the Senate, where its passage would send it to Governor Nathan Deal for consideration.