This week in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal will be signing the new medical cannabis law into the books, as well as, preparing the Georgia’s Department of Public Health in creating a registry of patients who will be eligible for medical marijuana cards.
The bill allows medical marijuana to be prescribed for seizure disorders, sickle cell anemia, cancer, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, mitochondrial disease and Parkinson’s disease. But to many, this is not enough. The bill is too limiting in number of illnesses in which cannabis can be considered medically.
Well, there is one Senator in Georgia that wants to change that and bring full legalization following in line with Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Senator Curt Thompson, D-Tucker announced on Tuesday a plan to allow drug to be licensed, purchased and harvested in Georgia. His comprehensive plan proposal would create a state licensing board to control growth, distribution and sales of cannabis. The plan would entail steps for state and local government to tax and collect fees from license marijuana retailers. It will bring money to Georgia.
“It would bring an incredible amount of additional tax revenue at a time when we’re in desperate need of that for both education and roads,” Thompson says. “And you could deal with criminal justice issues, you could deal with regulatory issues that would affect human trafficking.”
Because the Republicans control the legislature, the bill is not expected to pass this year. But Senator Curt Thompson said he is forging forward no matter how many years it takes to bring recreational and full legalization to Georgia. He says, he is in it for the long haul and wants the voters to decide to decriminalize for adults