Georgia to issue Medical Marijuana Cards Today

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on June 16, 2015.

Georgia will make history on Tuesday, as its Department of Public Health’s website will go live with the launch of medical marijuana cards. Governor Nathan Deal termed the moment as emotional and said it would be a victory for parents of kids with severe seizure disorders, as they acted as the driving force for him signing the bill into law.

"No parent can watch their children suffering from multiple seizures everyday. Thus, we decided to help them after putting ourselves in their place," said Governor Deal. The medical marijuana cards to be issued today, would be tamper proof. Patients won't be able to get approval for the cards on their own. The application need to be submitted by their doctor.

The medical marijuana cards will help the patients get the cannabis oil. Eight types of diseases - cancer, Multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia, Crohn’s Disease, Mitochondrial Disease, ALS, Parkinson’s and severe seizure disorders meet the criteria.

The people, with medical marijuana cards, will have temporary permits to legally use cannabis oil in the state. So far, patients from Georgia, who were in dire need of medical marijuana, used to take refuge in states like Colorado. Many such medical marijuana refugees are now returning home after Georgia passed the law two months ago.

It can be recalled that Gov. Nathan Deal was brought to tears when he signed the bill on April 16, 2015. The new law allows the use of cannabis oil to treat the above eight medical conditions. Patients can possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil with low levels of THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes a high.

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