by Zenobia Harris
While the legalization of medical marijuana would provide some small relief for children and adults who use cannabis oil as a form of treatment for severe medical conditions, it poses serious problems both for the government and the patients.
Because the use of marijuana as a medical treatment hasn’t been thoroughly tested, some of the dangers and side effects are unknown to many medical professionals and rightfully so, some doctors who advise against it. The medical conditions cannabis is being used to alleviate could be made more bearable by other more reliable, FDA-approved treatments.
One Georgia representative, Allen Peake, has been pushing the new legislation for quite some time, but he prefers the new bill to be a lot less restrictive in its guidelines for the use of medical marijuana.
Some suggest that the drug be produced in Georgia to avoid any restrictions that may occur while crossing state lines, but one concern is that “home-grown” medical marijuana along with a loosely regulated bill could lead to quite a bit of recreational use. Similar opinions may be part of the reason why much of the new bill has been edited to only include certain forms of the medicine for certain people.
A happy medium can probably be found when approving this new bill, but when looking at Georgia’s stance on the use of marijuana in the past, it is difficult to say that there will be any leaps and bounds regarding changes to the medical marijuana bill any time soon. However, taking it slowly might just be a smart move.