It’s an issue that has continued to gain traction among Georgia voters and one that has already forced its way to the top of the priority list for the 2017 legislative session: medical cannabis.
State officials said Tuesday that over 1,300 people are on the medical cannabis registration list in Georgia. That number has increased exponentially since the state began issuing cannabis oil registration cards in July of 2015.
Data reported by Georgia Health News indicates that nearly 50% of the patients on the list suffer from a seizure disorder and 33% of the patients are over the age of 50. Just one in four are children.
The state allows eight diagnoses to be treated with medical cannabis including cancer, ALS, seizure disorders related to epilepsy or trauma-related head injuries, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease and sickle-cell disease.
Georgia is one of more than 30 states that permits the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes though it cannot be grown or produced inside state lines, which means users are forced to break federal laws by obtaining the oil outside of Georgia and bringing it back.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that 311 doctors are registered to certify patients to receive cannabis oil treatment upon completing the state registration process.