You might think that just because Georgia Governor Nathan Deal made medical cannabis legal in his state last month, it was actually legally possible for patients to acquire medical cannabis. But you’d be wrong.
Though Deal for some reason signed the legislation to create an MMJ program in Georgia, one that makes it legal for a patient with a physician’s recommendation to possess a whopping 20 ounces of cannabis oil (pretty much a lifetime supply), he didn’t create a legal path to get 20 ounces or even a dab’s worth of CBD. Patients would have to acquire their cannabis products in another state and bring it into Georgia’s boundaries. The only problem with that is that the federal government has a word for bringing controlled substances across state lines – drug trafficking.
Now Governor Deal is doubling down on his stance of having a useless medical marijuana program. He told the Telegraph this week that he is not really into his state cultivating its own marijuana, even if they are CBD-focused strains. “I still don’t think we have sufficient information or ability to control something of that nature if we start production and processing here in our state,” said Deal.
Deal’s inconsistent and impractical stance pretty well fudges up the proposal from state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) which would make growing CBD strains legal in Georgia beginning next year. Peake was also the author of House Bill 1, the law that made oil possession legal for patients.
Peake doesn’t seem to giving up the fight yet. “I’m hoping we can provide him a compelling argument that we can minimize public safety risks while optimizing real future benefits for Georgians,” the representative said. “I am absolutely convinced that we can offer a model that would calm the fears of law enforcement and minimize any public safety issues,” he said.
Gov. Deal draws comparisons to Colorado’s marijuana market (one virtually incomparable to Georgia’s in that it permits possession of any kind of regulated cannabis product to anyone of age, not CBD oil to a handful of patients) and said law enforcement officials there had had “probably undergirded my concern of being able to have this in a controlled environment more so than my concern was previously.”
Peake offers the comparison to the impossibly regulated MMJ system in Minnesota, where patients can only acquire cannabis medicine in the form of oils and pills, and even then from only two dispensaries in the entire state. But something is better than nothing.