Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Thursday signed H.B. 1 into law making medical marijuana legal in the state.
The new law for using medical marijuana is not just blanket legislation, but a specific legal approval for the use of cannabis oil for treating eight different medical conditions.
The new law, which is dubbed as Haleigh’s Law or H.B.1, has been named after a little girl with the same name suffering from severe seizures.
Janea Cox, Haleigh’s mother, said, “We were told Haleigh wasn’t going to live much longer. She had 200 plus seizures a day.”
Soon after Cox realized that her daughter has the health problem, she split up her family and took Haleigh to Colorado where use of medical marijuana is legal. Haleigh received treatment with cannabis oil for her seizures and she soon started recovering.
Finding medical marijuana so effective, Haleigh’s family began lobbying lawmakers for a bill that would give the oil legal status in Georgia.
With the new law, the cannabis oil has been approved for eight specific medical conditions. The possession of the oil or its production in the state of Georgia has been decriminalized under the new law. The legislation further says medical marijuana should be shipped here from out of state. Less than .03 percent THC of medical marijuana is only allowed to be shipped.
Hailing the enactment of the new law, the Cox family termed it a huge step forward for their family as well as the state where hundreds of people are suffering from life threatening medical conditions.