In another sign of the changing times, Georgia this week introduced a medical marijuana bill, which will eventually be assigned to the Health Committee. By "medical," they mean only cannabis high in CBC and low in THC.
The success of CBC in treating seizures received national attention recently, in part due to Sanjay Gupta's CNN documentary, "WEED." After hearing that CBC oil works better than other medications for seizure disorders, parents in Georgia who had children suffering from seizures began calling their representatives and demanding help.
The bill is very clear on this issue:
“WHEREAS, nothing in this legislation should be construed as encouraging or sanctioning the recreational use of cannabis, nor is this legislation to be construed as any intent of the General Assembly to be moving in the direction of the legalization of recreational cannabis.”
A prior bill was proposed in 1980, legalizing medical marijuana, however there was a sourcing problem. The only facility sanctioned to grow medicine was a federal facility that was shut down soon after the bill came up, and was thereby never implemented. This week's bill has more hope of passing, seeing as it is being endorsed by both parents and doctors.
"No one has ever died of a cannabis overdose,” said Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, MD, founder of Global Health and Hygiene Solutions in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “People have died from Aleve and Ibuprofen... patients [with chronic pain] can be weaned off their pharmaceutical narcotics with cannabis. All pharmaceuticals are metabolized by the liver and kidney, so they have some impact in the long run."
"There is a whole cannabinoid system and THC is one component of it but there are CBC, CBG, a whole array of different products that works specifically for different ailments… The first thing that needs to happen, on the federal level, is cannabis must be removed from Schedule One... Next thing that needs to happen is a consistent medical criteria must be set… Cannabis in not an entrance drug - it is an exit drug from [pharmaceutical] narcotics.” 1