Georgia: Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Exemption Law

Atlanta, GA: Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of patients eligible to possess CBD oil under the state’s limited medical exemption law.

Passage of House Bill 65 permits patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to receive a physician’s authorization to possess oils high in cannabidiol and low in THC. The bill also creates a study commission to make policy recommendations with regard to whether the state should provide in-state production and distribution of CBD products.

Under the law, eligible patients may possess up to 20 ounces of CBD-infused oils as long as they contain no more than five percent THC. However, the law does not provide for the licensed production of these products. According to a 2018 statewide poll commissioned by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 77 percent of voters support amending the law to permit the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit: Peachtree NORML.