AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) – You can now get medical marijuana in Georgia if you have serious health problems..
In a ceremony in Atlanta today, Gov. Nathan Deal made Georgia the 36th state plus Washington, D.C., to legalize the use of marijuana extracts for medical use, and said this bill is different because it was created by those who needed it the most.
“This is one that I think comes from the grassroots, truly. From the families, from the children, and for those who are personally affected by it,” he said. “I think that is what’s touched the hearts of of the members of the general assembly, ti certainly has touched my heart, and I’m just pleased that today, we’re going to make a difference, and it’s going to be a good difference.”
The new law allows for the use of cannabis oil for eight different medical conditions, including cancer, ALS and seizure disorders.
Right here in Augusta, WFXG has been following Preston Weaver’s journey for a year now, and ever since starting clinical trials at GRU, his mom Valerie said she has seen tremendous improvement.
Valerie said she hopes to see an in-state cultivation center built in Georgia so they don’t have to fly the medicine in from out of state, but today she’s glad she was able to see history being made.
“I can’t even really put it into words. It was completely amazing to watch it happen. I sat here at my desk and cried watching it happen,” she aid. “It was history in the making. Who would have ever thought Georgia would actually have a medical cannabis law. It’s a law now, it’s not a bill anymore, a law on the books.”
The law only approves the use of cannabis oil for specific medical conditions, and the oil has to have less than .03% THC.
This is a story we will continue to follow and will update you with any new developments.
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