Medical Marijuana in Georgia?
Lawyers David Clark and Jessica Towne are watching the slowly-unfolding of Georgia legislation about medical marijuana with great interest. Attorney Clark helped start Georgia NORML and served as its first Executive Director. Both Clark and Towne regularly defend clients with marijuana possession charges.
Back in the spring of 2014, Towne’s blog asked: “When will Georgia get medical marijuana?” Her guess back then: it’s going to be a slow process. Sadly, she’s been proven right.
A brief history of medical marijuana in Georgia
2014: Governor Deal champions Haleigh’s Hope, an Act to legalize the use of prescription marijuana THC oil for certain medical conditions. It’s not until 2015 that Georgians are finally allowed to use this oil to treat severe forms of eight (just 8!) illnesses. The rules only allow for the use of THC oil, not for its manufacture in Georgia, so patients must travel to other states to get the oil. As the patients only have permission to use THC oil in Georgia, they risk possible criminal drug possession charges in other states. The passing of Haleigh’s Hope is considered merely a stop gap measure by most because it did not establish a medical marijuana program in Georgia.