Georgia Senate passes bill to expand Georgia’s medical marijuana law

Members of the Georgia Legislature move about the floor during the first day of the 2012 Georgia legislative session at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga. on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012.
Members of the Georgia Legislature move about the floor during the first day of the 2012 Georgia legislative session at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga. on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012.

The Georgia Senate has passed  a bill to expand Georgia’s medical marijuana law but is setting up a showdown with the Georgia  House that may not be decided until the final day of the legislative session.

The measure from Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), who is a doctor, adds autism to the list of conditions that can legally use cannabis oil but lowers current THC levels from 5 to 3 percent.

Watson admits there have been no problems with current THC levels reported by the 1,300 patients who are registered with the state of Georgia or from the 300 physicians who are able to prescribe it.

Despite adding autism, children diagnosed with the condition who are under 18 would not be allowed to use it unless their condition was deemed severe.

Efforts to change the bill on the floor of the Senate, including lowering the THC levels to 1 percent and another to keep it at the current 5 percent, failed.

 

 

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