However, the sale of any form of marijuana is and remains a violation of state and federal law — as does taking it across state lines. Essentially, state lawmakers this year only created a way for some people to be protected from prosecution for having a limited form of the oil in their possession while within the Peach State’s borders.
Georgia for the first time this year formally approved the use of a limited form of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of eight illnesses including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. More than 200 families have since qualified for the state’s new medical marijuana registry, allowing them to use the oil in treatment.
Three companies currently ship low-dose cannabis oil into Georgia — something families have discovered on their own, with no help from the state. Those companies, however, only manufacture a limited number of strains.
The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis — which is scheduled to meet Wednesday — is now studying whether to recommend the law go further but has not yet reached a conclusion.
The commission has already heard from advocates encouraging it to develop guidelines related to cultivation and production in Georgia.