Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 65 into law that will allow Georgians suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to use medical marijuana soon.
PTSD and intractable pain are added to the list of conditions eligible for treatment by cannabis oil. The law will take effect on July 1.
Georgia’s medical marijuana law was first passed in 2015. It now covers more than a dozen conditions, including late-stage cancer and seizure disorders. The law permits patients approved by a physician to obtain small amounts of cannabis oil.
State lawmakers, however, didn’t pass House Bill 645 in its full measure as it didn’t allow a broader expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program. Under the proposal, harvesting and distribution of cannabis oil would have been legalized.
State law for now still prohibits growing, buying or transporting the drug, leaving patients without legal means to obtain it.
Further debate on the matter could only be revived during next year’s legislative session.
HB 65 mandates that a 15-member commission has been set up to evaluate in-state access of cannabis oil. Up for evaluation will be the security, manufacturing, product labeling, testing and dispensing.
Around 4,000 patients are presently on the state’s medical marijuana registry.