THC is the component in marijuana that makes its users high. The Senate initially proposed dropping the limit to 3 percent, something lawmakers said was a precaution despite no reported problems with the higher percentage from state public health officials and law enforcement agencies. Officials said last month that more than 1,300 patients have qualified for the medical marijuana registry, with nearly 300 doctors actively monitoring their use of the cannabis oil that is allowed here
“I’m good with it,” said Watson, SB 16’s sponsor. That bill, in addition to its proposal to lower the allowable THC, originally would have only added autism to the state’s list of conditions and illnesses eligible for treatment with the oil. “It’s been a long process. We’re in agreement, and I look forward to the House passing it and the Senate agreeing.”
A House committee is expected to take up the proposed compromise Friday. Passage would set up the bill for a floor vote by next week.
Under Georgia’s 2015 law, patients and, in the case of children, families who register with the state are allowed to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of eight specific illnesses, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
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