Georgia (USA) is on the verge of legalizing cannabis for medical purposes after the state assembly passes a bill that would allow for sale and production.
Cody Hall, spokesman for the Republican government Brian Kemp, said Wednesday morning that he would sign the bill.
The law project, HB 324, fills the gaps created by an 2015 law that legalized the use of cannabis oil low THC for certain medical conditions, but did not allow the cultivation, sale or possession of the oil in this state.
The new bill would allow the "production, manufacture and distribution" as well as the possession of low-THC cannabis oil in Georgia. It would also create a state commission to oversee the industry and license the universities and private companies that could produce the enriched oil. The bill would also allow the state to license pharmacies and private companies that sell low-THC cannabis for cannabis users for medical purposes.
The bill does not legalize consumption for recreational purposes in the state and does not allow smoking or consumption.
According to'Atlanta Journal ConstitutionMr. Kemp helped negotiate an agreement between the Senate and the House to prevent illegal distribution, which eventually led to the passage of the bill.
"Over the years, I have met children with chronic and debilitating illnesses. I've heard parents who have difficulty getting access and are losing hope, "Kemp said, according to the newspaper. "This compromise legislation is carefully designed to give medical marijuana access to those who need it. It's just the right thing to do. "
If it adopted the new regulations, Georgia would join a growing number of states that have enacted similar laws establishing marijuana programs for medical purposes. So far, 33 states and the District of Columbia have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Joe Sutton's CNN contributed to this report.