Georgia Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law by Governor

Georgia’s governor has signed into law a measure that significantly expands the state’s limited medical marijuana law.

Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 16 into law today, roughly a month and a week after it was passed by the full legislature; it passed the Senate with a 45 to 6 vote, and was passed by the House of Representatives with a vote of 167 to 4 vote

The new law greatly expands the list of conditions that qualify an individual to legally use low-THC marijuana medicines (such as oils and tinctures) to include Tourette’s Syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS (when “such syndrome is diagnosed as severe or end stage”) and peripheral neuropathy.

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Georgia Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, Sends it to Governor

Legislation significantly expanding Georgia’s medical marijuana law has been passed by the state’s full legislature.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 16 today with a 45 to 6 vote, just a couple days after it was passed by the House of Representatives with a 167 to 4 vote. It has now been sent to Governor Nathan Deal for consideration.

If signed into law by Governor Deal, or allowed to become law without his signature, it would expand the list of conditions that qualify an individual to legally use cannabis-based medicines to include Tourette’s Syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS (when “such syndrome is diagnosed as severe or end stage”) and peripheral neuropathy.

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Georgia Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill into Law

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signing House Bill 1 into law.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signing House Bill 1 into law.

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.”

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Georgia Governor Will Sign Bill Legalize Medical Use of Cannabis Extracts

Georgia Governor georgiaNathan 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.

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Georgia Legislature Passes Medical Cannabis Legislation, Sends it to Governor

Georgia’s HouseMedical-Marijuana 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.

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Georgia Senate Votes 54 to 1 to Approve Medical Cannabis Bill

Georgia’s MarijuanaSenate has voted 54 to 1 to approve a bill that would allow for the use of cannabis extracts in the treatment of epilepsy. The bill is a far more restrictive version of a measure approved by Georgia’s House of Representatives last month with an 158 to 2 vote.

The sole no vote on the Senate bill, Senator Curth Thomson, calls the measure “virtually worthless” as it only allows for the possession and use of low-THC cannabis oil, and doesn’t authorize anyone but those with epilepsy to consume the medicine. Thompson has recently filed both a broader medical cannabis bill, and a bill to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

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Medical Cannabis Bill Passed by Georgia House of Representatives with 158 to 2 Vote

A proposal georgiato legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts has been passed by Georgia’s full House of Representatives with an overwhelming 158 to 2 vote.

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.

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USDA Prevents Georgia from Implementing Food Stamp Drug Testing Law

A Georgia bill signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal in March which would require some food stamp recipientstest to undergo random drug testing is illegal and can’t be implemented according to a letter sent to the state by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Under the bill signed into law in March, a state worker would be authorized to require a food stamp recipient to take a random drug test if they have “a reasonable suspicion” that they consume illegal substances. Although other states have passed laws requiring drug testing for certain federal benefits, Georgia’s law is the first to allow random testing of food stamp recipients.

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