Georgia Enacts Medical Marijuana Law
A definitive day of triumph in the legalization effort for Georgia with the passing of the state’s first medical marijuana law, entitled “Haleigh’s Hope.” With the passing of Georgia’s medical marijuana law makes it the 24th state to enact active legislation for the easy access medical marijuana for patients in the United States. On April 16, 2015 Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill (HB) 1, The Haleigh’s Hope Act. On the same day, the state issued its first medical cannabis identification cards for patients. The law was sponsored by Representative Allen Peake and allows qualified patients to legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low-THC cannabis oils; namely Cannabidiol (CBD) oil.
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Haleigh’s Hope Act
Haleigh’s Hope Act is certainly a triumph for the state of Georgia considering how many patients could potentially benefit from medical marijuana as well as cannabidiol oil to treat their ailments. The bill permits patients suffering from cancer, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease,,mitochondrial disease, multiplesclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders and sickle-cell disease to possess up to 20 ounces as well as sets up the ability of doctors to prescribe low THC oil for patients with qualifying disorders. Regulation of the bill will be handled by the department of public health in order to establish the operation of the patient registration process. Law also creates a Georgia commission on medical cannabis which will help establish comprehensive recommendations regarding potential regulation of medical cannabis in the state. While House Bill 1 is certainly a triumph for Georgians who need access to medical marijuana, the law does not give parameters for setting up in-state production for the medicine but rather forces individuals who do gain a registration card for qualifying disorders to obtain their medicine from out-of-state sources, which is in direct conflict with federal prohibition and federal law. To learn more about the act see the full transcript of the bill here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/152355.pdf
Check out this video about the legalization of medical marijuana in Georgia and Haleigh’s Hope Act:
What’s at Stake?
The problematic nature of federal prohibition impeding upon this act is no surprise though, given that patients would need to access out-of-state distributors to obtain their medicine which is legal in state yet not available. This is a very important first step for the state of Georgia to create a foundation with which to amend and create a more comprehensive medical marijuana bill in the coming years for patients to gain easy access to medicine that they so very much need. Despite this great step the struggle for patients in Georgia is still very much real, and the movement which Haleigh’s Hope Act started is still in need of support!