The state assembly in Georgia has passed a bill that will allow medical marijuana to be grown and processed within the state. With the Governor ready to sign the bill, there seems to be no hurdle to medical marijuana becoming a reality.
HB 324 was drafted in order to address the gaps that were created by a law passed in 2015 legalizing the use of low-THC cannabis oil for the treatment of a given set of medical conditions.
However, that law didn’t create any provision for the cultivation, sale or possession of cannabis oil within Georgia.
The bill that has just been passed addresses all those loopholes. It creates avenues through which cannabis can be grown for the extraction of low-THC marijuana oil. The bill also allows the creation of a commission to oversee the medical cannabis industry, as well as license different entities like universities which wish to take part in the manufacture of cannabis oil.
HB 324 doesn’t legalize recreational cannabis in the state, and it doesn’t have any provisions that allow the smoking of cannabis within the state.
It has been reported that Governor Kemp did a lot to help the assembly and the senate to reach a consensus on how the illegal distribution of marijuana will be prevented in the state. This compromise paved the way for the passing of HB 324.
Kemp said, “I have met several kids struggling with debilitating diseases, as well as parents who are losing hope that their kids can be helped. Medical cannabis offers hope to such parents.”
Kemp added that legalizing medical marijuana was the right thing to do, and that was why he invested so much in seeing to it that both legislative houses approved the bill.
If the bill is finally enacted into law, Georgia will join the long list of 33 states that have legalized medical marijuana.
Advocates may not be happy that the state is only allowing the use of cannabis oil, but it is at least a good start. Reforms can be introduced later when the program is being implemented and the patients, as well as the regulators, realize that other forms of cannabis, such as creams and edibles, may be needed.
All in all, the entire cannabis industry, especially Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and Golden Developing Solutions, Inc. (OTC: DVLP) congratulate the lawmakers in Georgia for making it possible for patients to have one more treatment option as those patients battle with the conditions afflicting them.
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