A new Georgia poll shows that the majority of voters overwhelmingly support expanding the current medical marijuana bill. The poll also showed a nearly even split among Georgians on the idea of fully legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
The poll comes after Governor Nathan Deal has said he’s not convinced of the need to expand the state’s new program, which for the first time this year allows use of a limited form of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of eight illnesses including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
“Commercially, I am told, there’s not a big enough demand base to be able to sustain a growing operation,” he said, adding: “And the information I’ve received from the law enforcement component causes me to have more concerns than I did before.”
According to Georgians for Freedom in Health Care 84.5% approve expanding the law to allow for in state cultivation and production of medical marijuana under strict regulation and security. Another 72.7 percent of respondents said they are somewhat to very confident law enforcement agencies could effectively police the law’s expansion.
Currently Georgia law allows permits to patients with certain illnesses to obtain medical cannabis, but it can not be grown or produced in the state.
State Representative Allen Peake who authored the current legislation and is pushing for expansion said, “There is no issue in Georgia that unites our fellow citizens like this one. People all across our state, young and old, black and white, need this medicine and they expect our government to create an infrastructure where they can have access to a safe and legal product.”
Expansion of the law for the production and distribution of cannabis oil has also been endorsed by State Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, who is chairman of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.
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