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GA Governor Open to Adding PTSD, Chronic Pain in MMJ Expansion

In a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Governor Nathan Deal’s top aide, Chris Riley, told reporters that the governor is prepared to get behind a move to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions for Georgia low THC oil patients.

The move surprised both patients and activists alike, as the governor had previously shut the door on the possibility of in-state marijuana cultivation, which would have given Georgia companies the opportunity to grow, extract and sell medical marijuana products in the state. Georgia’s low THC oil law is unique, in that it makes the possession of certain CBD and low THC oils legal for patients that meet the requirements, but the law makes no mention of how the patient should actually obtain the medicine since cultivation remains illegal in Georgia.

Rep. Allen Peake, the author of the original 2015 law known as the Haleigh’s Hope Act and a staunch advocate for expansion of the program, expressed appreciation for the governor’s willingness to move on the issue. “While we still have an access issue, I’m grateful for Gov. Deal’s support on helping more hurting citizens have the legal right to possess potentially life-changing medicine,” Peake told the AJC.

Tom McCain, Executive Director of Peachtree NORML, was very positive about the addition of additional qualifying for patients, especially those who spend 24 hours a day in pain and whose only option is often to turn to dangerous opiods. “It’s too bad he’s not going further but this is significant,” McCain said. “Especially the addition of chronic pain. That’s huge.”

The expansion is outlined in House Bill 764, which also calls for new licensing and reporting requirements for medical marijuana providers.

8 Responses to “GA Governor Open to Adding PTSD, Chronic Pain in MMJ Expansion

  • I believe this is a much safer alternative to opiods! I have researched & cross referenced CBD oil & low THC, found no I’ll side effects!
    Medical marijuana, CBD & THC oils have been legalized in 46 states!
    We are only asking for a safer way to have quality of life!!
    Most of Western medicines have at least 10 side effects,as well as(cancer causing) ingredients & deadly possibilities!
    Please move forward with giving Georgians a safer choice!!
    In pain everyday.

  • This is great news. I have had two back surgeries and nerve roots are encased in scar tissue. I have OA and an extruded disc and arachnoiditis.

    I would love to try this for night pain

    • Can I ask a question I have the same condition osteoporosis ,arthritis,O.A.
      I have peripheral neuropathy, my back has been broken twice I suffer chronic pain. My doctor at the pain management where I have no other alternative to get help relieving pain refuses to allow me to even try this CBD and low THC oil. I am drug tested every month I have never had a bad test or any problems other than the fact my doctor does not believe in it. I wonder do you see a pain doctor if so are they allowing you here in Georgia to try this for nerve damage and chronic pain. Under the guidelines of Georgia’s MMJ medical program I am eligible but my doctor says that he would Release Me. Thank you

  • I suffer from PTSD and chronic pain and I have for years I’ve in the past I’ve even overdosed in the past please allow us to use cannabis for our PTSD and chronic pain😭

  • I have RSD also know as CRPS, I am wondering if chronic pain and PTSD is now one of the illness to allow for medical low THC medical marijuana oil. I saw a clip on the news today 03.29.2018 saying it is now on the list.

  • Do we know if this has been voted on yet?

  • I agree we need to allow this for those with both PTSD and chronic pain. This has been proven to work well for both conditions. This is better than opioids for chronic pain! It’s time our state get with the times and we take advantage of this God given medicine.

  • I have Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis & also fell from the roof of a 2 story home when climbing down onto an extension ladder after cleaning gutters. I have had lumbar fusion from L2-S1 ( 1 rod, multiple cages & screws as well as bone grafts), implanted an electrical stimulation device, received over 100 injections as well as 60 nerve burnings (they regenerate). I am currently in need of surgery in the cervical area for forming narrowing (in layman’s terms a narrowing of a “channel” which houses nerves) as well as cervical fusion from C3-C5 similar to my lumbar fusion for a grade 4 anterolistesis (only 25% of C3 vertebrae is left in place so am running risk of total paralysis or even death if I can’t come up with enough $ for my co-pay in order to get surgery) plus I have all sorts of other more minor issues such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, & on & on. I am currently unable to work, on disability (took 4 yrs of red tape, lawyers & court to obtain!). I have been on oxycodone, extended release morphine, muscle relaxers, neurontin, NSAIDs, methotrexate & enbrel (when I can afford the $2300/MO that my medicare part d supplement deems my responsibility & only 2 policies will cover at all despite 18yrs on market, still no generic in sight!) & a bunch of other prescriptions for hypothyroidism, hypertension,menopause, as we as supplements such as flax seed oil, folic acid, vitamins B, C, D, Calcium,zinc, etc. My liver enzymes are constantly out of whack due to all the medicines I take just to be able to semi function at age 52. I take a dandelion tincture to assist my liver. I have tried medical Marijuana and it cut my need for opioid in HALF! Plus, Marijuana has ZERO drug interactions, helps with nausea from not only my Menear’s disease (inner ear inbalance as a result of a bad anesthesiologist during my hysterectomy) but also from the shear volume of pills hitting my stomach 4 times a day. I am havin MAJOR acid reflux problems due to all the medications & vomiting so am scoped every year to make sure it hasn’t become cancerous. Then there’should also the issue of PTSD from seeing a loved one shot in the head & saving his life. Yet currently, I am not a candidate for CBD oil!! If it weren’t for my RA/Lupus joint pain, I would have left this dark aged state a very long time ago. Up until age 48 I had worked no less than 2 jobs in my life,finished raising my daughter after my husband “disappeared” to avoid paying child support (at which time I began working 4 jobs – 3PT & 1FT as a business insurance agent). I paid what HOPE didn’t cover at UGA for my daughter’s anthropology degree, I put her through private schooling beginning age 2 until 13 when I divorced. I am no slacker/pot head/mouch/drug addict/drug lover. I simply want to be able to sleep w/o a full mattress heating pad & with my new hubby of 11 years, hold my grand babies & maybe even play in the floor with them without wanting to die from the pain, w/o braces on every joint possible including my lower back & neck. Just want some semblance of a life. Why is that too much to ask in this day & age? If I drop 1 oxycodone or morphine in the sink or toilet, I’m in big trouble from lack of medication aka withdrawals, can’t get any more until the next refill date & then only after passing a freaking drug test that costs me $317/mo even though the drugs I take MADE me an addict, the tests are to make sure that I am not taking any form of the herb/weed Marijuana! Our laws are so arcane it is absolutely pathetic. DC residents can smoke pot yet it’s federally illegal, guess politicians had to make sure they wouldn’t be prosecuted. PLEASE Governor Deal, think long and hard about the brief summation of my life & yes, believe it or not, this was brief compared to the full report! I am praying that you are a compassionate person & ruler who can see the very many medicinal qualities and benefits of marijuana in the numerous forms it can be consumed. I know the concerns of teenagers getting their hands on marijuana but if thought about honestly, it’s easier to steal mom, dad or grandparent’s oxycodone, liquor, cigarettes, etc than it is a vial of unappetizing, non-high producing oil! My life, as well as the lives of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of other people’s live, many of whom are very young children, all hang in the balance while seeking your approval & backing to move this forward before your replacement takes office & we have to start over…again. Thank you so very much for your time and consideration! By the way, I have voted for you each time, please don’t let me & my family down, we’re counting on YOU!

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