Medical Cannabis Oil Bill Headed to Gov. Deal’s Desk

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peake(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 the Georgia Senate passed HB 1, Haleigh’s Hope Act, by a vote of 48 to 6.  On Wednesday, March 25, the Georgia House passed HB 1 by a vote of 160 to 1.

 

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order on Friday, March 27, directing state agencies to begin preparing for the law.

 

Deal plans to sign the bill after the session to ensure that no conflicts arise with the legislation.

 

The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), will provide immunity from prosecution in Georgia, for those with qualifying conditions, who use the cannabis oil.

 

Those medical conditions are Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Seizure disorders, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Mitochondrial disease, and Sickle Cell disease.

 

Fibromyalgia was initially on the list of medical disorders, but State Sen. Renee Unterman  (R-Buford) deleted it.  Fibromyalgia is unending chronic pain, with headaches, sleep disorder, daytime fatigue, and morning stiffness.

 

This reporter personally had a friend with fibromyalgia who committed suicide because of the pain.

 

The qualifying process for potential patients includes getting a recommendation from a doctor,  then registering with the Georgia Department of Public Health and being placed on the low THC oil patient registry.

 

If approved, the individual will receive a registration card that exempts them from prosecution for possession of cannabis oil with a maximum of five percent THC and a maximum amount of 20 ounces of the oil.

 

To possess over 20 ounces per individual is a felony.

 

The bill also creates the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis, which must make a recommendation to the Governor and General Assembly by December 31, 2015, regarding the creation of in-state growth and distribution of medical cannabis.

 

As reported earlier by APN, the bill, “does not provide for the growth and production of the product in Georgia.  It says that if you can smuggle it from another state into Georgia, you will have immunity from prosecution,” per James Bell, Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform and Education (CARE).

 

http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/03/21/state-senate-committee-passes-improved-cannabis-oil-legislation/

 

As soon as the Governor signs the bill into law, the medical refugees, who left Georgia to save their childrens’ lives to receive medical cannabis in others states, can come home.

 

“I look forward to seeing these Georgians return to this state and reunite with their families, friends, loved ones, and support networks, all without living in fear of prosecution,” Rep. Peake said in a press release.

 

Jenea Cox, whose daughter was the inspiration for HB 1, has come home to Forsyth, Georgia.

 

“Now my husband can see Haleigh whenever he wants, not just one week out of two months.  We get to be a family again,” Cox told WMAS television news in Macon, Georgia.

 

In the Senate, the six senators voting against HB 1 are State Sens. Dean Burke (R-Bainbridge), Bill Heath (R-Breman), Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome), William Ligon (R-Brunswick), David Shafer (R-Duluth) and Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta).

 

The only representative in the House voting against HB 1 was State Rep. Stephen Allison (R-Blairsville).
(END/2015)

8 comments

  • Social Conservative

    The war on cannabis consumers has been raging for more than 80 years.

    Educated people know that Cannabis prohibition has never been about public safety. Prohibition has always been about money and lots of it.

    Please demand full legalization and nothing less! Let’s end this insidious war as soon as possible!

  • YES, must to legalize full marijuana legalization for medical use, recreational use and hemp civilization in order to make habitation for our life. In Bible King James Version, Mark 7 : 1-23 say ” marijuana do not cause the people into sins “. All the Churches must study it again. It say ” sins come out of hearts of the people only “. Georgia must to make declare to whole U.S.A. and world about Mark 7 : 1-23 in order to legalize full marijuana legalization Laws.
    GOD will Name it and Bless it, AMEN !

    • As a woman with multiple sclerosis suffering spasticity and severe pain, and knowing others who would benefit immensely from the legalization of cannabis oil for medical purposes, I am personally thrilled for the progress Georgia has made on this issue.
      There will be kinks to work out.
      There will be those who take advantage and use it illegally, just as some have done with legal prescription medications. But kudos to those who voted for this important measure! I know hundreds of thousands of patients with a variety of severe ailments are very grateful for this action.
      Joy Johnson,
      Tucker, Georgia

      • Excluding the whole plant is insanity. You can thank your Sheriff’s Association for that.
        THC prevents cancer. The oil has virtually no therapeutic level of THC.
        This bill is BS.

  • It is the definition of insanity to allow the Sheriff’s Association to influence legislative decisions regarding the health care of Georgians. They don’t know horse squeeze about cannabis. They are a bunch of £u@king uneducated a$$ holes.
    As an RN and patient advocate for safe access to medicinal cannabis, I am appalled at the level of ignorance and inhumanity perpetrated against suffering citizens of Georgia.
    It is a crime against humanity to deny safe access to a nontoxic, nonaddictive, efficacious botanical medicine for qualified patients!

  • this bill is a small step in a much larger issue, the refugees are better off in other medical and recreational states such as California and Colorado

  • The law has to start somewhere. This will be help to many. This is the tip of the iceberg. The Calvary is on its way! We just have to remain patient & vigilant in our care!

  • As a person afflicted with fibromyalgia, I am appalled at Unterman’s removal of the condition from the eligibility list. The chronic pain is enough to make one wish for death and the side effects from approved pharmaceutical medications are often dangerous and unpredictable.
    How can you justify depriving those who suffer of any remedy, simply for fear that others may gain access? Ugh.

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