The Georgia House of Representatives approved a measure Tuesday that would allow more medical conditions to be eligible for treatment by medical cannabis oil.
The bill now moves to the state Senate, which recently passed its own cannabis oil measure that would add autism to the list of eligible conditions, but would also reduce the THC level of cannabis oil from 5 percent to 3 percent.
Under a law passed in 2015, Georgians with one or more of eight specific medical conditions, including cancer and sickle cell disease, can legally possess a certain amount of cannabis oil. The new House bill would double the list to include conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease and PTSD.
State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, sponsored both the 2015 bill and the measure passed in the House.
“We owe the right to this option to Georgia citizens who are truly hurting,” Peake said.
Under current law, eligible Georgians can possess cannabis oil, but patients have said they cannot easily access the oil in Georgia. Last year, Peake sponsored legislation to allow for in-state cultivation of marijuana, but the bill failed.
“We still have a gaping hole in our current law, and that is access to the product,” Peake said Tuesday. “That will have to be addressed one day, but today is not that day."