Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed the state’s medical marijuana bill into law. Patients in Georgia with certain chronic severe disorders will be able to use a smokeless form of marijuana. Under the law, which takes effect immediately, patients who complete a screening process will be provided with documentation allowing them to possess cannabis oil with a low percentage of THC. Those with cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s, sickle cell disease, multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders are considered eligible candidates under the law. Though many in the legalization camp have applauded Georgia’s effort, critics note that it is not clear where patients will be able to obtain the low-THC oil, since it still illegal to grow marijuana in Georgia. Some predict that patients will be forced to purchase it from states where marijuana is already legal and expansive and then illegally cross state lines with it.
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