Georgia Gov. Kemp signs medical marijuana bill

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 15:27:28-04

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a bill that would allow certain patients to access a low-potency cannabis oil they can already legally use.

Kemp approved what he called a "carefully balanced" measure on Wednesday, saying it would expand access for patients in need without opening the door to recreational drug use.

The legislation allows the in-state production and sale of the marijuana oil and closes a loophole in a 2015 law that banned growing, buying and selling the drug but allowed certain patients to possess it.

Current state law allows individuals with 16 specific conditions, including cancer, seizure disorders and Parkinson's disease, to possess the substance.

The bill grants six growing licenses to private companies — two for larger organizations and four for smaller organizations.

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