Surrounded by families who've experienced benefits from medical marijuana, Governor Nathan Deal choked up as he explained how their personal stories and struggles convinced him it should be legal in Georgia.
Gov. Nathan Deal, (R) Georgia, "I think that is what has touched the hearts of the general assembly. It certainly touched my heart, and I'm just pleased that today we're gonna make a difference, and it's gonna be a good difference."
The new law makes it legal for Georgia patients with one of eight medical conditions to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil with low levels of THC, the chemical that produces a high.
But the law says nothing about cultivating and selling medical marijuana in Georgia.
It's still illegal.
"It's been a long time coming."
Corey Lowe plans to order it from out of state for her 13-year-old daughter Victoria, who has Mitochondria Disease.
Corey Lowe, parent, "Next year we'll come back and push for cultivation so we don't have to break federal laws and continue to get medicine for our children here in Georgia."
Reporter: "Will you break federal law to get it here?"
Corey Lowe, parent, "That is correct. Yes."
"How about your temporary registration card, which means Victoria-is legal now. Proud for you!"
Representative Allen Peake of Macon was a legislative champion for these families.
He had the honor of handing out temporary registration cards to medical refugees who moved out of state to wait for this law to pass.
A statewide registry that will require a physician's certification for every patient should be ready within the next 30 to 60 days.
Monday, August 21 2017 4:21 AM EDT2017-08-21 08:21:48 GMT
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