Deal working on options to bring cannibis oil treatment to Georgia

Deal working on options to bring cannibis oil treatment to Georgia

Governor Nathan Deal announced he's working on two different plans to make an oil form of medical marijuana available to kids suffering from seizure disorders.
ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- Governor Nathan Deal announced Thursday he's got a plan to help kids suffering from severe seizure disorders get access to medical marijuana.

In a news release, Deal said he and the Department of Human Services are working on two different options.

Deal said the most promising track involves conducting clinical trials with cannabis oil at the Georgia Regents University Augusta. GRU would work with a private pharmaceutical company that has developed a purified liquid cannabinoid currently in the the FDA testing phase. The oil does not have any THC, the component of marijuana that makes people high.

The other track involves GRU conducting a clinical trial with an oil that the National Drug Institute on Drug Abuse is growing at its farm at the University of Mississippi.

“We do not see these options as mutually exclusive, and we’re looking to move forward on both options at this time. The General Assembly this year gave serious consideration to legislation that would pave the way for patients in need of cannabis to receive it safely and legally. An issue that could have triggered controversy instead yielded teamwork and a commitment to see this through, as legislators – and I as well – learned the stories of these brave families who are desperately seeking relief for their children’s debilitating conditions. The legislation earned significant levels of support in both houses and in both parties but didn’t make into any bills that reached my desk," said Deal.

At this time, Deal said both options are being explored. He did not put a timeline in place for when the clinical trials would start.

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