Georgia Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Allow Growth, Sale of Medical Marijuana

A bill introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives would legalize the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana. Georgia has had a limited medical marijuana program since 2015. Under the program, patients with one or more qualifying medical conditions who register with the state may possess cannabis oil with less than 5 percent THC. But there are no provisions for growing, transporting, or selling cannabis legally. State Rep. Micah Gravley, a Republican and sponsor of the legislation, told local media that the law makes it difficult for patients to obtain their medicine.

“The problem is that there’s nowhere to purchase the oil here in the state of Georgia,” said Gravley. “We know it’s beneficial. We’ve seen seizures reduced, we’ve seen the easing of the effects of Parkinson’s, cancer, MS, Crohn’s, sickle cell anemia, and autism.”

Although passage of the bill is not guaranteed, it is supported by lawmakers from both parties and last month Republican Gov. Brian Kemp indicated in an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting that he might support in-state cultivation.

“I sympathize and empathize with them on that issue, and I support research-based expansion,” Kemp said. “Thankfully, there is some research that’s going on in this field that will give us

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