Cool, so what are the approved medical conditions?
After Governor Nathan Deal signed the law permitting medical marijuana in 2015, it initially included “end stage” cancer and “related wasting illness, recalcitrant nausea and vomiting,” along with certain seizure disorders, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, mitochondrial disease, and “severe or end stage” MS, Parkinson’s, or sickle cell disease.
In 2017, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Senate Bill 16, which took effect last July and added six other medical conditions to the list, including “severe” Tourette’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS at “severe or end stage,” autism spectrum disorder for patients 18 years old and up, and severe autism if the patient is under 18, “severe or end stage” peripheral neuropathy, epidermolysis bullosa (a genetic skin condition where blisters and erosion form from injury and minor skin irritation), and physician-authorized hospice patients. Though it expanded the amount of people who could qualify to possess the oil, it also weakened the legally allowed concentration of THC in cannabis oil from 5% to 3%. The law giveth; the law taketh away.