A Georgia state representative introduced a bill earlier today that would legalize CBD-rich medical cannabis oil for children suffering from severe seizure disorders, including epilepsy. But the state won't allow for cultivation of pot. Instead, Representative Allen Peake suggests connecting patients with needed medicine by importing medical cannabis oil from Colorado.
That might prove to be a problem, as the plan is something that neither Colorado nor federal law currently permits.
Peake's bill would revive a decades-old Georgia law allowing local doctors to apply with the state to conduct medical marijuana studies for glaucoma and cancer, adding seizures to that list. Recommending physicians would have to be from one of five university-based medical centers in the state; private doctors would not be allowed to recommend medical cannabis.
The cannabis oil would not be produced in Georgia, however. Instead, Peake's bill calls for either importing it from Colorado or applying to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for rarely granted access to federally grown cannabis from Mississippi.
Colorado medical marijuana laws currently don't allow for reciprocation with patients from other states. In fact, Colorado officials say that outright transfer of large amounts of oil to another state's medical marijuana program would require major changes in state Department of Public Health and Environment and Marijuana Enforcement Division rules. And that would require legislative action from Colorado lawmakers, according to MED spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait. But even then, transferring cannabis over state lines remains a federal crime -- and Georgia would be blatantly violating federal law if it went through with what is proposed in the bill.
Peake isn't the first out-of-state lawmaker to float medical-pot proposals involving Colorado. Utah state representative Gage Froerer has been kicking around a similar plan. He believes the low THC levels in high-CBD oil could qualify it as a hemp product, which would be completely legal to transport across state lines. New Jersey lawmakers also proposed a bill earlier this session that would have allowed New Jersey patients to purchase cannabis in Colorado and other medical states and bring it back to New Jersey legally.
The interest in Colorado cannabis isn't just domestic. Last year, Copenhagen officials considered legalizing recreational marijuana in Denmark's capital and sourcing their ganja from Colorado and Washington. Unfortunately for the Danes, current state and federal laws in this country would prevent that from happening.
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