The marijuana legalization wave is taking the nation by storm. Though most states are not as progressive as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC, which allow marijuana use for recreational purposes, more than half of the states in the nation have legalized medical marijuana in some shape or form. A few days ago, Georgia became the 36th state to legalize medical marijuana. A lot of people on social media expressed elation because it seemed like loud, medicinal bud was on the way to the Peach State. Sorry to burst your bubbles, but Georgians will still have to wait for cheeba that they can smoke. The current Georgia law allows for the use of cannabis oil (often referred to as CBD oil), not marijuana bud.
According to USA Today, medical patients in Georgia suffering from the following diseases can get access to the CBD oil: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease); cancer; Crohn’s disease; mitochondrial disease; multiple sclerosis; Parkinson’s disease; seizure disorders; and sickle cell anemia. That means, even if the state allowed for the use of medical marijuana bud, you wouldn’t be able to use an excuse like extreme pain or anxiety to get access. Patients will be able to possess up to 20 ounces of CBD oil, which has many therapeutic properties that can relieve people with terminal illnesses.
However, even if you were to get your hands on some CBD oil in Georgia, it wouldn’t get you blowed. When smoking marijuana, the THC is the active ingredient that gets you high. In CBD oil, cannabidiol is the dominant compound. Georgia law requires that the CBD oil being used by patients contain no more than 5% THC.
While the law in Georgia is more extensive than some states which only allow the use of CBD oil to treat epilepsy and it can be seen as a win in the grand scheme of the national legalization of marijuana, it’s not quite what some have been waiting for. They will have to continue waiting to smoke out legally in Georgia.
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