Area residents strongly support growing medical cannabis in Georgia.
In an online Mainstreet News poll, more than 83 percent of people said they support allowing the state of Georgia to regulate the production of cannabis oil for medical use in the state. Fourteen percent are against it and two percent are undecided. The results track other statewide polls that show over 84 percent support medical cannabis production in Georgia.
Local state representatives are also showing their support. Many have signed a bill that would allow in-state growth of medical cannabis.
And many local families are already using the cannabis oil for medical purposes, despite no legal way to get the oil in Georgia.
Last year, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 1 (Haleigh’s Hope Act). The law allows people with certain conditions (cancer, seizure disorders, ALS, mitochondrial disease, MS, Parkinson’s and sickle cell) to use medical cannabis with a low THC count.
But getting the oil is still illegal. In-state cultivation has not been approved and the Food and Drug Administration lists cannabis as a Schedule I drug, meaning people can’t transport it across state lines.
But local families are taking the risk. To read their stories, see the Feb. 10 issue of The Jackson Herald .
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