The state of Georgia is getting ready to begin clinical trials on medical marijuana, something they’ve legally been allowed to do since the state legislature passed the “Medical Marijuana Necessities Act” in 1981.
The program was de-funded when Ronald Reagan ramped up The War on Drugs. Now the board that oversees the state’s medical policy is putting together a group of doctors and pharmacists to begin clinical trials on medical cannabis. They are also going to take a look at bringing legal medical marijuana to Georgia.
David Clark is an attorney with the Georgia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He says bringing medical marijuana to Georgia could be an uphill battle.
“The fact that you’re appointing doctors to the board to qualify patients doesn’t mean that they’re going to start signing up patients,” says Clark. “The legislature could repeal the law tomorrow and it wouldn’t shock me because we have a very conservative legislature.”
If you were to make a list of the least likely states to legalize medical marijuana, you might be tempted to put Georgia at the top of it – although the state does have a well-organized libertarian contingent. But the fact that they are taking any steps in that direction has to be somewhat heartening to patients and advocates in the state.