Hundreds More Sign Up for Medical Cannabis in Georgia

Demand has increased nearly four times over since an expansion law took effect.

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ATLANTA — Hundreds of Georgians have signed up for a card that says they can legally possess medical marijuana in Georgia since Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill expanding the state’s now two-year-old program.

That brought the total number of patients on the state’s registry up to 2,162 as of the end of June, just days before the law officially took effect.

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“Keep in mind that these are people who are going through the process to register with their physician for a product they can’t even get,” said Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, who has championed the issue under the Gold Dome.

Peake is referring to what he calls a “gaping hole” in the state’s current law: Residents with a qualifying medical condition can have low-THC oil on hand, but it’s still illegal to bring it here.

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