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Gov. Nathan Deal signs medical marijuana bill

ATLANTA — With a stroke of a pen, Governor Nathan Deal has made medical marijuana legal in Georgia.

Deal signed the bill into law at 11 a.m. that makes the use of cannabis oil legal for nine medical conditions:

Cancer, when such diagnosis is end stage or the treatment produces related wasting illness, recalcitrant nausea and vomiting.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), when such diagnosis is severe or end stage.

  • Seizure disorders related to diagnosis of epilepsy or trauma related head injuries.
  • Multiple Sclerosis, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage.
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage.
  • Sickle Cell Disease, when such diagnosis is severe or end stage.

State health officials say doctors will have to sign off and submit required forms.

The two year battle among lawmakers, medical marijuana supporters and health officials ended with the passage of Haleigh’s Hope Act.

The Department of Public Health will be working with law enforcement to make sure the system is secure and that officers know what to look for when they come across a patient possessing the oil.

They say they have no idea how many patients to expect, but as many as 500,000 could qualify.

Approved Georgia patients will be allowed to possess 20 ounces of the low THC oil at any given time. THC is the chemical in marijuana that causes a high.

It is still illegal to grow or buy marijuana in Georgia, meaning families will have to transport the drug from states like Colorado.

One manufacturer says it is willing to risk breaking federal law to ship the medical marijuana.

State Representative Allen Peake says he’ll be back with another bill next year that would allow the growing of medical marijuana in Georgia.

With a stroke of a pen, Governor Nathan Deal has made medical marijuana legal in Georgia. Deal signed the bill into law at 11 a.

Georgia governor signs PTSD medical marijuana bill into law

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a bill Monday legalizing the use of medical marijuana for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and intractable pain.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that the bill adds PTSD and intractable pain to the existing list of conditions eligible for cannabis oil treatment.

Georgia first passed a medical marijuana bill in 2015 and will now cover more than a dozen conditions.

There are roughly 4,000 patients on Georgia’s medical marijuana registry.

State lawmakers shut down an expansion to the program in February which would have legalized the harvesting and distribution of cannabis oil.

Currently, only physicians are allowed to approve patients to use small amounts of the oil.

It is still prohibited to grow, buy or transport the drug, The Journal-Constitution reported.

The bill adds PTSD and intractable pain to the existing list of conditions eligible for cannabis oil treatment.