(WTVM) - Governor Nathan Deal has answered the plea of those suffering from chronic illness.
The executive order he signed Friday directs agencies to begin preparing for legislation that will allow for the use of cannabis oil for eight medical conditions.
"This executive order is the first step in bringing home families who've sought relief elsewhere and for providing new medical solutions for Georgians suffering from debilitating conditions," says Deal.
Patients with the following conditions are eligible for medical cannabis oil under this law: cancer, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson's and sickle cell.
Under this legislation, the Georgia Composite Medical Board will draft a patient waiver and a physician certification form.
Upon completion, the forms will be available to patients meeting the specified criteria through DPH.
Once certified by the appropriate health care provider, patients will be provided with documentation allowing for possession of low-THC cannabis oil.
Governor Deal recognized those who dedicated countless days to the cause, including Rep. Allen Peake for his selfless devotion to the affected families.
"I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Governor Deal and his staff for seeing this legislation through and making it a priority in the General Assembly," said Peake (R-Macon). "I commend Governor Deal for taking the initial steps today to prepare our state for HB 1 to become law very soon. I continue to look forward to that day when this bill is signed and our Georgia families can finally come back home."
Governor Deal says he will sign the bill into Georgia law, but plans to do so after the session.