US (GA): House and Senate pass differing medical cannabis bills to jumpstart stalled program

Some long-awaited relief through cannabis oil could be in sight for some Georgians with serious health conditions.

State House lawmakers approved a do-over of the state’s medical marijuana program, which has been stalled in court. The measure passed 169-5 Tuesday, and a separate medical cannabis measure passed the Senate unanimously.

“I wish I could say we’re in a good spot, but we’re not,” said Glennville Republican Rep. Bill Werkheiser, the bill’s sponsor. “We’ve had patients now numbered 20,000—20,000 families waiting for us to do something. If we do nothing, we’re in a bad position. If we do something, it’s not so great either, but I think we’ve got something that will move the process forward.”

If the bill passes the Senate and receives Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature, the state will be required to obtain low-THC cannabis oil “from any available legal source” by August 1 and begin providing it to patients now on the state registry by August 15.

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