With a vote of 167-4 on Tuesday to adopt Senate Bill 16, Georgia is one step closer in hopefully fully expanding its medical marijuana program.
Official Summary: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 8 of Chapter 12 of Title 16 and Code Section 31-2A-18 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the regulation of low THC oil and the establishment of the Low THC Oil Patient Registry, definitions, purpose, registration cards, quarterly reports, and waiver forms, respectively, so as to change the definition of low THC oil; to change provisions relating to conditions eligible for use of low THC oil; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Patients suffering from severe forms of AIDS, autism, Alzheimer’s disease and Tourette’s would be covered under the bill’s expansion. Patients in hospice programs, no matter their diagnosis, would also be allowed access cannabis oil.
Governor Deal is expected to sign the bill.
Editor’s note: I personally believe in the complete legalization and taxation of marijuana for medical and recreational use. Alcohol, a drug legally allowed to be consumed at the age of 21, is a destructive drug whereas marijuana is not. There is absolutely no health reason to NOT legalize marijuana for all uses. In my opinion, this expansion does not go far enough. However, it’s a step in the right direction.