Senate votes to weaken medical cannabis law

[private]The Georgia Senate passed legislation Thursday (SB 16) that dilutes an important provision of the state’s medical marijuana law.

The bill would reduce the allowable level of TCH, the active ingredient in cannabis oil, from the current 5 percent to 3 percent. Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), a physician and the bill’s sponsor, contended that 5 percent THC was just too high.

SB 16 does add one ailment — autism — to the list of medical conditions for which cannabis oil can be legally prescribed, but medical marijuana advocates oppose lowering the percentage of THC allowed.

Watson did urge the federal government to reclassify marijuana, currently a dangerous drug, so that it can legally be used in medical research: “Mr. Trump, tear down that wall.”

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

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