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.

6 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

  • 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.

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