Georgia Medical Marijuana Use On The Rise


This month more than 100 new patients have received permission to use a form of medical marijuana in Georgia.

The new additions bring the statewide total of people using the product to more than 1800 less than three years after the state began the program.

They still don’t have easy access to the drug, which can’t legally be produced in Georgia or brought across state lines under federal law. Instead, patients and families have to find a manufacturer willing to ship products or travel to another state where the oil is made and risk being caught breaking the law as they return home.

Even more people have registered as “caregivers,” a separate category that includes parents or others caring for children or others who can’t manage their own medication and may not have a state-issued card to possess the oil.

Since May 9th when the latest expansion law took effect, 185 people registered as caregivers bringing the statewide total to 2,248.

People on the registry have to show a doctor’s approval and receive a card as proof they’re allowed to possess the oil containing a low amount of THC, the chemical responsible for the marijuana high, to treat eligible conditions.

After weeks of debate this year, Georgia lawmakers added six diseases to that list: Tourette’s syndrome, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy and a painful skin condition called epidermolysis bullosa.


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