“Cannabis oil is not potentially going to cure my son of autism but it’s one more thing that I as a parent want to do to try to improve his life,”
Jackson said of his 7-year-old son, Colin.
Jackson has emerged as an outspoken advocate of Georgia House Bill 7-22, which would enable patients suffering from a number of ailments –including cancer and PTSD, among others– to receive medical cannabis oil.
A stripped-down medical cannabis law, passed by the legislature last year, dictates that only several hundred patients may legally use medical cannabis; however, they are forced to purchase their product out of state, a regulation that would force would-be patients and their guardians to illegally transport the product across state lines.
“After they got done removing everything in the bill last year, it was one step above worthless,”
Jackson stated. “But it did help people, and I’m glad for the 400 people on the state’s medical marijuana registry it did help … now we’re trying to pass a bill that’s worthwhile, that’s more than just a warm and fuzzy press conference for the governor.”
Jackson is not the first advocate in the state to step forward in favor of wider access to medical cannabis – a former Air Force engineer, Joshua Littrell, has appeared in a new PSA supporting the prescription of medical cannabis to veterans battling PTSD.
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