Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Pitches New Plan For Medical Marijuana

Nathan Deal answers questions from the media during a news conference at the Capitol building on February 11, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. An ice storm warning has been issued for the area through Thursday, with storms tonight expected to result in heavy ice accumulation. Widespread power outages are expected around Atlanta. (Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images) | Davis Turner via Getty Images Nathan Deal Georgia Marijuana Medical Marijuana Georgia Marijuana Weed Georgia Medical Marijuana Nathan Deal Reuters By David Beasley ATLANTA, April 10 (Reuters) – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is working on a way to legalize medical marijuana for treatment of children with seizure disorders after a bill to do so died in the Georgia legislature last month, he said on Thursday.

Deal said he is discussing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration how the state can launch legal clinical trials of liquid cannabis for child patients with epilepsy. One option would be for Georgia Regents University in Augusta to work with a pharmaceutical company that is currently testing a purified form of cannabis, Deal said. “The product contains no THC, which is the component in marijuana that intoxicates a user,” Deal said. “The university would create a well-designed trial for children with epileptic disorders.” A second option would be to use cannabis oil obtained from marijuana grown by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at its farm located at the University of Mississippi, said Deal. Georgia Regents University supports the clinical trial, its president, Ricardo Azziz, said in a statement. “As the state’s academic health center encompassing a 154-bed children’s hospital, we have a responsibility to address the needs of families whose children are suffering,” Azziz said.

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