Kentucky and Georgia are moving forward with bills that would legalize the use of cannabidiol by patients. The Kentucky Senate unanimously approved a bill that would allow the medical schools at the state’s two public institutions to treat severe seizure disorders with CBD oil.
Kentucky police and the governor support the CBD-only medical marijuana bill, which simply provides exemptions in the definition of marijuana for cannabidiol and for any marijuana product provided as part of a FDA clinical trial. The bill is likely to sail through the Kentucky House, according to the Speaker of the House, Greg Stumbo.
Another Kentucky medical marijuana bill submitted in the House would legalize whole plant medical marijuana. That bill was moved to the Judiciary Committee rather than to the House floor for a vote, effectively killing it for the session, according to its sponsor, Rep. Mary Lou Marzian. Sen. Julie Denton, sponsor of the CBD-only bill, said her bill was the only one that could survive both legislative chambers and get the governor’s signature.
There is still some question as to how the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville would acquire the CBD oil, as nothing in the bill provides for the production of cannabis plants, regardless of THC content. That question was addressed this week by the Georgia Legislature, which is also considering a CBD-only medical marijuana bill.
The Georgia Senate Health and Human Services Committee amended the CBD-only bill to allow for the possession of the oil by Georgia patients if they acquire it from out of state, which will be necessary, because the Senate committee also eliminated the provision allowing Georgia’s public medical schools to grow and process cannabis oil.
Of course, crossing state lines with CBD oil is still a federal crime, but Georgia lawmakers don’t see that as their problem. “Let’s leave that decision to the parents,” said bill sponsor Rep. Allen Peake. “If they are willing to take the risk that a TSA agent will arrest them with a vial of oil, let’s let them make the decision.”
The Georgia Senate’s version of the CBD-only bill was written with the help of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation had reviewed the bill’s language. The Georgia Sheriffs Association also supports the bill. Because when your priority is access to quality health care diagnoses and treatment, the first people you should turn to are not biologists and doctors, but cops and prosecutors.