Posted: 2:20 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Deal outlines two paths to medical marijuana in Georgia 

By Greg Bluestein

Medical marijuana won’t be legalized in Georgia any time soon. But Gov. Nathan Deal outlined two plans to begin moving that way ahead of next year’s legislative session.

The first option would involve the expanded use of clinical trials for children with epileptic disorders through a private drugmaker, GW Pharmaceuticals, and Georgia Regents University.  The second would bring a state clinical trial led by Georgia Regents using cannabis oil obtained from federal regulators in Mississippi.

Deal’s aides have been working with federal regulators for weeks after medical marijuana legislation failed to pass amid GOP infighting. You can find the backstory here, but Deal said he was confident from conversations with the federal Food and Drug Administration that both routes would be both legal and safe.

The governor also announced the start of a pilot program to study the privatization of Georgia’s foster care system. The program involves a limited study in two Georgia regions.

It’s part of a larger strategy of taking executive action where lawmakers failed, and the governor quipped that he was doing lawmakers a favor.

“I’m taking it out of their hands by acting now,” he said, adding: “I don’t think there’s jealousy over who gets credit. I just don’t think we need to wait until the next legislative session to get this done.”

Critics see an election-year conversion. The campaign of Democrat Jason Carter, his party’s nominee for governor, panned Deal for not more aggressively backing the plan during the session.

“It’s not leadership to wait around for election years to make token gestures,” said Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas.

Check out myajc.com for the full story.

30 comments
jonesml90
jonesml90

I wish the option of legalizing marijuana, either for medical or recreational use, was presented directly to voters instead of politicians who are concerned with public opinion. Personally I cannot understand how anyone can criticize what someone does in their own home, especially when no one else is affected. If voters decided marijuana should not be legal I would be satisfied, but I would be shocked if the vast majority did not vote to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

At the very least we need to quit telling doctors what is best for their patients. We trust them to be competent and act in the best interest of people under their care, If they decide some form of marijuana offers greater benefit and or less harm than what is available now, I don't see how anyone who has not received extensive medical education can say they are wrong.

John Mortimer
John Mortimer

Most people do not realize that MARIJUANA is not manufactured by a pharmaceutical company but is actually a plant that grows.


It is hard to believe that a government would make it illegal for you to grow something.


Life, Liberty. and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Am I missing something.

I should be able to grow a plant if I want to.

John Mortimer
John Mortimer

21 states have already legalized the use of medical marijuana.  


This is the second time GW Pharmaceuticals has been mentioned in connection with the legalization of marijuana now in Georgia.


The other mention was that Sen Renee Unterman Republican Georgia District 45 has received $33,000 from pharmaceutical companies.  Among them was Novartis that has a partnership with GW Pharmaceuticals.  Sen Renee Unterman Republican Georgia District 45 was responsible for Georgia's inability to act on legalizing marijuana now in Georgia.

A recent poll shows that 62% or registered voters favor legalizing marijuana now in Georgia. 


The fact that 21 other states have already done research and legalized the use of medical marijuana makes one wonder how useful any of Deal's things are.  I would think there was more important things for the governor of Georgia to do than make plans to do research that has already been done.

It is very curious that everywhere you hear about resistance to legalizing marijuana in Georgia now, pharmaceutical companies are involved.

 

GlenVaughn
GlenVaughn

The first option puts GW Pharmaceuticals profits ahead of the needs of Georgia Patients.


The second option only delays patients requiring the medication and disregards the fact that hundreds of clinical trials have already been performed.


Both options ignore the fact that medical cannabis treats many more diseases besides childhood epilepsy.

ImmortalIllumined
ImmortalIllumined

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33 

JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

Deal's paths are loaded with poison pills to keep them from going anywhere.  It's another sham displaying a vacuum in leadership.  It is worse than Deal's first response to the snow storm last winter.


A Freedom Fighter
A Freedom Fighter

It's estimated that 50 million cases of beer are sold to Americans for consumption on a typical Super Bowl Sunday.  Every year some of those people will end up driving drunk. There will be accidents.  There will be deaths.  There will be fights & domestic violence. There will be people puking, people passed out, and some folks who end up doing things they will really regret the next morning.  Someone might even die from an alcohol overdose.   Cannabis, not so much.  

One person is killed every half-hour in the US due to drunk driving. Each year over 16,000 are killed in alcohol related crashes. Alcohol is a factor in about half of all traffic fatalities.   Every 2-3 minutes a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash.   Cannabis traffic statistics are almost nonexistent by comparison.  Which is safer?  The answer is obvious.   Cannabis with never an overdose death in all medical history, and no significant statistical record of traffic accidents is clearly safer!  End the lies and legalize.

JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

If Governor Deal doesn't take aggressive action towards marijuana legalization, we will be forced to take our chances with Jason.


notagain
notagain

I thought it was the party of GOB...

johnqpub
johnqpub

This state is so backwards it would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.  Medical marijuana but only if big pharma is involved so they can get kickbacks?   In 20 years every state will have legalized it and we'll be looking back at these stupid steps and wonder what everyone was thinking.  

DBB
DBB

It is interesting that all off these scumbags from the POG (Party of God) - Formally the GOP (Grand Old Party) have come to embrace this. They have obviously realized that they, their families & their friends can stuff their pockets if they allow this! Just the thought of how much more money that they will be able to steal is the only reason that the POG is now supporting this!

huffyman
huffyman

Hey Deal get real - people in Georgia smoke and buy pot every day in every city in Georgia - people gamble every day in every city in Georgia, people pay women for sex every day in every city in Georgia, people snort and buy coke every day in every city in Georgia - you either keep daydreaming that is 1950 or you abide by reality - legalization, taxation and regulation will do more good for the people of this state than imprisonment, allowing the mafia and organized gangs to control the sales of these products and throwing your version of a 2,000 year old book in our face as the reason you must limit our freedoms - Republicans claim they believe in freedom and smaller government - start with the list above or shut your mouths. 

Americans have proven with their money they want pot, coke, prostitution and gambling.

LegolasMirkwood
LegolasMirkwood

Privatize through big pharmaceutical, privatize foster care, privatize all the things.  I'm surprised government hasn't been privatized yet.... Or, has it?

ToddWest
ToddWest

Both paths are nonsense.  If you live in Georgia and want a realistic law for cannabis, internet search for Federal Intoxicants Act from the US Freedom Party

JerryInMarietta
JerryInMarietta

Seriously, we need to egg these pigs.  The majority needs to be heard.  And what better way? 

JerryInMarietta
JerryInMarietta

The Georgia legislature needs to come back and vote on this measure,period.

JerryInMarietta
JerryInMarietta

Folks,

  Remember to go to the campaign events for these legislators who thought it wiser to campaign than to do the right thing for children that are hurting.  Bring plenty of ROTTEN EGGS!

coj
coj

Our state legislature is just like our national one. Ineffective and ignorant. 

td1234
td1234

Wow, now Deal is acting like Obama. It is really time to remove him in the primary.

dreluv
dreluv

Nathan Deal is full of crap..Georgia need to get it together by voting these republican out of office..

I been reading Georgia rank 50 out of every state getting things done..I read also Nathan Deal is the worst governor..If you still want Georgia to continue falling backward well continue voting for these Do Nothing Republican.

DannyX
DannyX

Funny how the pharmaceutical companies can make potent pain killers out of the same plant that heroin is made from, so potent that people steal them to get high off on, but marijuana which is a lot less potent is treated like the devil's weed.  You conservatives and Christian conservatives are freaks.

wsecrest
wsecrest

Yet when the President does things like this is "violating" the Constitution - go figure.

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

@LegolasMirkwood  Shady Deal will go through the big pharmaceutical company so he can get a fee. It would be a lot simpler to just legalize marijuana.

honested
honested

@td1234  

Just pick the wrong winger that will save Jason money in November!

JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

@dreluv Not a single Democrat governor supports recreational marijuana, and that includes the governor of Colorado.

honested
honested

@DannyX  

That point has puzzled me for a long time.

If the wrong-wing viewpoint had held sway through the development of modern medicine, sharp straight razors and leeches would probably still the the treatments of choice for any symptom.

JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

@wsecrest Legalizing pot isn't the same as assassinations, torture, and indefinite detention.

WanderingTao
WanderingTao

@JoseGonzales @dreluv  Gov. Peter Shumlin, Democrat, Vermont, and California’s Lt. Governor do, and many others would if for the last 50 years Republicans had not demonized any sanity on drugs as being soft on crime. The problems is Republicans, get over it.

JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

@WanderingTao The Lt Governor of California yes, Shumlin is open to the idea but has not come out in favor of it.  The fact remains that no Democrat governor supports it.

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