By Anthony Martinelli

Legislation significantly expanding Georgia’s medical marijuana law has been passed by the state’s full legislature.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 16 today with a 45 to 6 vote, just a couple days after it was passed by the House of Representatives with a 167 to 4 vote. It has now been sent to Governor Nathan Deal for consideration.

If signed into law by Governor Deal, or allowed to become law without his signature, it would expand the list of conditions that qualify an individual to legally use cannabis-based medicines to include Tourette’s Syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS (when “such syndrome is diagnosed as severe or end stage”) and peripheral neuropathy.

Currently medical marijuana use is exclusive to those with cancer, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease and sickle cell disease as qualifying medical cannabis conditions.

“Today we’re going to provide more access to Georgians with very specific illnesses,” said Senator Matt Brass (R). “And we’ll provide doctors more treatment options for patients.”

The full text of Senate Bill 16 can be found by clicking here.

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