Georgia governor outlines alternative plan for medical marijuana

ATLANTA Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:54pm EDT

Buds are removed from a container at the ''Oregon's Finest'' medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Buds are removed from a container at the ''Oregon's Finest'' medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon April 8, 2014.

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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is working on a way to legalize medical marijuana for treatment of children with seizure disorders after a bill to do so died in the Georgia legislature last month, he said on Thursday.

Deal said he is discussing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration how the state can launch legal clinical trials of liquid cannabis for child patients with epilepsy.

One option would be for Georgia Regents University in Augusta to work with a pharmaceutical company that is currently testing a purified form of cannabis, Deal said.

"The product contains no THC, which is the component in marijuana that intoxicates a user," Deal said. "The university would create a well-designed trial for children with epileptic disorders."

A second option would be to use cannabis oil obtained from marijuana grown by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at its farm located at the University of Mississippi, said Deal.

Georgia Regents University supports the clinical trial, its president, Ricardo Azziz, said in a statement.

"As the state's academic health center encompassing a 154-bed children's hospital, we have a responsibility to address the needs of families whose children are suffering," Azziz said.

The Georgia General Assembly this year seriously considered a medical marijuana bill but could not agree on a final version.

Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 22 states, said Allen St. Pierre, executive president of the pro-marijuana group NORML. Last month, the Alabama legislature passed a medical marijuana bill and Governor Robert Bentley has said he will sign it into law.

In January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to allow the use of medical marijuana in a pilot program in up to 20 hospitals.

Florida's legislature is also considering bills to legalize medical marijuana treatment, and a separate constitutional amendment to make its medical use legal has been placed on the November ballot.

(Editing by David Adams and Eric Walsh)

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Comments (4)
Jose3 wrote:
Deal said he was going to do something but instead he did nothing.

Apr 11, 2014 8:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sw33tcookies wrote:
the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

“any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever


Apr 11, 2014 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
icdmize wrote:
Just legalize it entirely and you won’t have to spend all this time and money separating oils from plants and edibles and all that nonsense. This is a waste of time, money, and patience.

Apr 11, 2014 2:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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